Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2019


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Vivaciously zesty with tense minerality, this focussed Chardonnay delivers Granny Smith apple and a lemony zing. Enveloped in a touch of caramel through to a core of ripe stone fruit, the rich, creamy palate is beautifully balanced and long.

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The Chardonnay grapes come from the estate vineyard in Stellenbosch. The vineyards benefit from being 14 kilometres from False Bay, where the strong maritime influence cools the vineyards in the hot, summer months, ensuring good levels of natural grape acidity in the final wine, central to the Mulderbosch style of fresh, balanced wines. The soil is made up of decomposed sandstone with some granitic conglomerate stones, known as ‘Koffieklip’. This iron-ferrite rich soil produces wines with more minerality and intensity. The hand-harvested Chardonnay vines are trellised using a five wire cordon system. At Mulderbosch herbicides are no longer used; instead they use a mechanical under vine weeder to encourage microbial diversity in the rhizosphere (rootzone).

The grapes were whole bunch pressed to tank and left to settle overnight. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts; half the juice was fermented in oak of which 50% was new and 50% was neutral, the remaining half was fermented in stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit. The wine spent six months maturing on the fine lees in their respective fermentation vessels, before being deftly blended and placed in larger format oak foudres of 1500 litres, where the blend spent a further six months. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.

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RRP £18.49
Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 13%
Serve with fresh grilled fish and oven-roasted vegetables
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Subregion Stellenbosch
Grapes Chardonnay 100%
Dry/Sweet value 2
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No

Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.