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.
Less rain fell in winter compared to the previous season. Spring was warm and dry,
resulting in a rapid, even budburst early in the season. Véraison started early in
December completing quickly and evenly for the most part. With dry conditions, yet
mild temperatures throughout January, the vines were able to function optimally
resulting in a harvest that arrived very early by comparison to historical records. The
whites are excellent quality in 2020, with lovely, vibrant natural acidity.
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).
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
Inviting aromas of white chocolate and toffee lead to notes of sweet vanilla fudge and
sandalwood. Fresh and zesty on the palate, with pineapple sweetness and citrus zest
enveloped by melt in the mouth viscosity and real depth of flavour through to a very
long finish.
Chardonnay 100%
Winemaker: Henry Kotzé
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%

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