Tesselaarsdal Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Chardonnay 2023

Elegans pulchritude, an elegant reflection of site, the 2023 Chardonnay delivering a bright and crystalline, with expressive aromatics of white citrus, limestone minerality. With a fresh and elegant finish.

A very challenging 2023 harvest, but thankfully with all grapes in before the rains in March, this did not have a negative effect as the vines received natural irrigation which helped decrease the effect of water stress levels on the vines allowing them to function better and allow optimal functionality for the ripening period.

The vineyards had even budbursts, 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. The season’s length, coolness and reduced yields have made for a great quality harvest.

Alcohol 13.29%
Acid 7.3
pH 3.40
Residual Sugar 1.9
Amphorae Ageing 5 months, 45% amphorae and balanced neutral oak
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 824.91 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date March 2024
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Chardonnay 2022 – Sold Out

An elegant wine that reflects roundness and a crisp acidity with subtle defining notes of white pear and lemon toast. Reflective of site, this cool climate medium bodied wine is both silky and fresh with an elegant long finish.

Alcohol 12.88%
Acid 6.7
pH 3.30
Residual Sugar 2.6
Amphorae Ageing 5 months, 77% amphorae and neutral oak
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 614.91 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date August 2022
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Chardonnay 2021 – Sold Out

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.

Alcohol 13.4%
Acid 7.3
pH 3.32
Residual Sugar 1.6
Amphorae Ageing 6 months, 67%
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 299.16 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date September 2021
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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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