Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Jordan, Stellenbosch 2021
The Jordan’s celebrate their 21st year growing and vinifying their own wine this year. Situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills, their 146 hectares of vines are spread across a wide range of different soil types, altitudes and orientation, allowing Gary and Kathy the opportunity to plant each variety in the most suitable location. Hard working and diligent, there is never any sense of complacency here as the couple strive to consolidate their reputation as one of the most consistent and reliable estates in the Cape.
The grapes for the Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay are 100% Chardonnay harvested from mature vineyards (10 to 24 years old) planted with selected Davis and Burgundian clones. After harvest the and pressing the juice is barrel-fermented in a selection of 228 litre French oak barrels (45% new, 30% second-fill and 25% third-fill Nevers and Burgundian oak barrels). The wine is then aged for a further 9 months “sur lie” with occasional rolling over of the barrels to increase the lees-y character, adding creaminess and texture. 8% of tank-fermented Chardonnay is added to the blend which add fresher, well-balanced citrus flavours. All the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.
A powerful expression of Chardonnay. Brimming with fruit flavour and elegance. A buttery toastiness from the oak rounds off the complex hazelnut and citrus flavours.
Grape: 100% Riesling