Rickety Bridge Chardonnay
Chardonnay vineyards ranging from 21 – 24 years, grown on mild slopes of Schale decomposed granite and alluvial sandy soils on Franschhoek’s Dassenberg Mountain. Very low yielding at less than 3.5 tonnes / ha.
Citrus with nutty nuances hints of orange blossom and subtle oak spice on the nose. The rich and structured palate shows honey and tropical fruit with hints of white flowers, caramel, spice and minerality which linger on the long creamy finish.
Chicken dishes, prawn pasta, poached salmon.
Harvesting & Fermentation:
Chardonnay grapes from Rickety Bridge were harvested by hand in February 2016 at 22.9° Balling in the early morning hours.
This wine was naturally fermented in small French oak barrels (10 % new and 90 % older) and was fermented at 14° – 17° C. Lees were stirred up daily for 12 weeks, thereafter it was only stirred up once a week for the remaining 7 months in barrel. The wine was stored at 15°C without receiving a racking or any sulphur additions during the entire 10 months of barrel aging.
Peak from 2 years, enjoy up to 6 years.