Mulderbosch Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2020

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Mulderbosch Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2020

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Mulderbosch

Tasting notes - Vivaciously zesty with tense minerality, this focussed Chardonnay delivers Granny Smith apple and a lemony zing. Enveloped in a touch of caramel through to a core of ripe stone fruit, the rich, creamy palate is beautifully balanced and long.

Mulderbosch Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2020

Aromas of vanilla pod and caramel are lifted by ripe
notes of stone fruits balanced by a refreshing, zesty
finish.


Producer Note
Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South
Africa’s foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine
(IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides
and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive
and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the
Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the
world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to
ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following
and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.


Vintage
2020 was a challenging vintage: after three years of drought, the vines were starting
to feel the strain and ultimately crops were lighter with smaller bunches. A lack of
cold spells during winter resulted in insufficient dormancy and uneven budburst.
Winds in October and humid weather contributed to poor berry set and pressure of
downy mildew. However, meticulous work in the vineyards and cool, breezy
conditions at harvest resulted in excellent fruit with good levels of natural acidity, ripe
flavours at lower alcohol levels and wonderful flavour concentration.


Vineyard
The Chardonnay grapes come from the estate vineyard in Stellenbosch. The
vineyards benefit from being 14 kilometres from False Bay, where the strong maritime
influence cools the vineyards in the hot, summer months, ensuring good levels of
natural grape acidity in the final wine, central to the Mulderbosch style of fresh,
balanced wines. The soil is made up of decomposed sandstone with some granitic
conglomerate stones, known as ‘Koffieklip’. This iron-ferrite rich soil produces wines
with more minerality and intensity. The hand-harvested Chardonnay vines are
trellised using a five wire cordon system. At Mulderbosch herbicides are no longer
used; instead they use a mechanical under vine weeder to encourage microbial
diversity in the rhizosphere (rootzone).


Winemaking
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to tank and left to settle overnight.
Fermentation took place with natural yeasts; half the juice was fermented in oak of
which 50% was new and 50% was neutral, the remaining half was fermented in
stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit. The wine spent six months maturing on the
fine lees in their respective fermentation vessels, before being deftly blended and
placed in larger format oak foudres of 1,500 litres, where the blend spent a further six
months. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.


Tasting Note
Vivaciously zesty with tense minerality, this focussed Chardonnay delivers Granny
Smith apple and a lemony zing. Enveloped in a touch of caramel through to a core
of ripe stone fruit, the rich, creamy palate is beautifully balanced and long.


Grape
Chardonnay 100%

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