Unoaked Chardonnay The Winery of Good Hope 2016
The Winery of Good Hope, Stellenbosch,
Based about 30 miles east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. Here the vines are grown on well drained alluvial soils on hilly terrain with most vineyards lying at an elevation of about 100 metres in a sheltered valley. The vines also benefit from a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry growing seasons that are favourable in the production of high quality wines. Several parcels over two individual vineyard sites are used in the production of this particular Pinot Noir, the first at altitude on the cooler mountain slopes of Elgin, the second on the ocean-facing hilltop of Faure, in the Stellenbosch-Helderberg region. After rigorous hand-sorting in the winery and fermentation of the separate parcels, the wine is aged in open-top 'cuvées'(600 litre oak barrels) producing a clean and mineral Pinot with great minerality and a balanced acidity.
This unoaked Chardonnay sets-out to give you an easy-drinking yet classy wine. At an excellent price. With more freshness, elegance and depth than commercial methods customarily permit. More depth and more texture while still retaining the focus/verve as the vineyard in Stellenbosch is getting older and more concentrated. Strong minerality but more depth of flavour and texture to this wine which is coming form the increasingly aged vines in the Stellenbosch area.