Tesselaarsdal Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Chardonnay 2021

Crisp acidity and lean minerality underpin notes of melon and tangerine fruit and accents of lime blossom. A triumphant expression of terroir, this medium-bodied, cool climate wine is both silky and fresh and boasts a long, elegant finish.

The 2021 growing season had a fair amount of rain falling before the grapes started to ripen. This did not have a negative effect as the natural irrigation helped to reduce stress levels on the vines, allowing them to function optimally during the ripening period. The accumulation of cold units in the early winter was fantastic for breaking dormancy. Winter rainfall was lower than in the previous season but still sufficient to replenish soil profiles. The vineyards had even budburst and the initial growth was also even, mainly due to higher than normal maximum and minimum temperatures during September. Grape quality was very favourable, leading to an exceptional vintage.

Alcohol 13.4%
Acid 7.3
pH 3.32
Residual Sugar 1.9
Amphorae Ageing 6 months – 67%
Barrel Ageing 6 months – old oak
Wooding 33% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 5th fill 25%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 299.16 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date September 2021
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“The most impressive new Chardonnays we have tasted in this price range and highly recommended for fans of mineral-driven Chardonnay.”

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Chardonnay 2020 – Sold Out

A compact and radiant Chardonnay with notes of citrus blossom, sweet lemon grass, and lees spice complemented by a fine dusty minerality. The long, gentle palate is at once extremely expressive and deliciously classical and restrained. A remarkably pure wine that will age with grace.

Alcohol 12.75%
Acid 7.3
pH 3.32
Residual Sugar 1.6
Amphorae Ageing 6 months, 24%, stainless steel 18%
Barrel Ageing 6 months – old oak
Wooding 58% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 5th fill 50%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 574 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date November 2020
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Chardonnay 2019

A particularly bright, tight and pure Chardonnay with marked elegance. Clean, elevated primary fruit character and citrus blossom introduce a long, gentle palate. Very expressive, but also deliciously classical and restrained. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.

Alcohol 13.14%
Acid 6.6
pH 3.41
Residual Sugar 1.6
Amphorae Ageing 6 months, 50%
Barrel Ageing 6 months
Wooding 50% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 4th fill 50%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 297.33 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date September 2019
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