2022 La Motte Chardonnay
2022 La Motte Chardonnay

2022 La Motte Chardonnay

Regular price R 170.00 Other Vintages

This Chardonnay white wine is excellent with caviar, snails, carpaccio paté, crayfish (Cape rock lobster), prawns, mussels, perlemoen (abalone) and creamy cheese.

Grapes for this white wine originate from La Motte in Franschhoek. The vineyard lies 200 metres above sea level, against a southern and southwestern slope.

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Grapes for the wine originate from La Motte Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The vineyard lies at an altitude of 200 meters above sea-level, against a southern and south-western slope.

The growing season for the 2022 harvest was uneventful with ample cold units in winter and sufficient irrigation water. Cold and wet conditions during budding didn't have a negative effect although higher rainfall did result in increased disease pressure, especially from powdery mildew. A relatively cool summer supported flavour development, but heatwave conditions late January caused slightly lower acidity and slightly higher pH levels in 2021. It also caused some sunburn.

The vineyard grows in sandy soil of a sandstone and granite origin - the oldest and largest block was planted in 1997. Yield is naturally low and was between 5 and 6 tons per hectare in 2020. In order to promote good acid and different fruit profiles, grapes are harvested on different dates. Vineyard blocks are managed to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield. Grapes were picked by hand.

Initially, fermentation was in tanks, while further fermentation and maturation were in 300-litre barrels. Malolactic fermentation was also in barrels. One third of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, without malolactic fermentation. Twenty percent of the French oak barrels in which the wine was matured, were new. After the 12-month maturation period, all the components were blended. The wine was bottled in the La Motte cellar in June 2022. Production: 6 250 cartons (6X750ml).

Light straw colour. Fruity nectarine and citrus blossom on the nose, with hints of cashew nut and baked bread as the only evidence of wood maturation. A juicy and polished entry, medium-full, with lots of citrus and juicy peach on the palate. Lively length with good freshness for a wood-matured wine.

Alcohol: 13,58% vol
Residual sugar: 1,4 g/l
Total acid: 5,9 g/l
pH: 3,47