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Noble Hill Chardonnay 2013

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$ 16.99 per bottle

Grape 100% Chardonnay
Appellation South Africa
Oak 9 months in 40% new French oak
Production 19 barrels
Residual sugar 1.5 g/l
Sustainable Integrity and sustainability certified by IPW
Awards Old Mutual Wine Show Silver Medal
Veritas Awards Bronze Medal

Every now and then life gets complicated. For these times, this wine has an answer. This Chardonnay eschews the bright lights and bling of heavy wood for the simple pleasures. Crisp, clean, flinty, and lightly oaked.

This Chardonnay grows in a model vineyard with relatively loose and uncompacted soil, creating a healthy subsoil ecosystem and relatively vigourous vegetative growth. The vines’ ambition is restrained with a carefully-timed program of manual suckering, combing, and tipping during the spring. This keeps the vines focused on their fruit and causes them to develop concentrated, explosive flavours by harvest.

This wine shows fresh primary fruit aromas of citrus, lemon curd, and orange blossom. With aging of 1-2 years these characters will give way to darker toast and whiskey peat.