Klein Constania

Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay 2005

The ripeness levels and fruit quality of this vintage were largely due to the well-timed rains which fell in January, and the relatively cool preceding summer which ensured that the vines experienced optimal growing conditions leading up to the harvest. 

 

40% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. An inoculated malolactic fermentation took place in the new barrel fermented component, whilst the tank fermented and used barrels were sulphured just after alcoholic fermentation in order to preserve their primary fruit characters. All components were stored on their fine yeast lees for the duration of their maturation until bottling took place in February 2006.

 

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour with aromas of orange blossom and custard apples, laced with clove-like woodspice. The palate is temptingly soft whilst retaining firm structure. The underlying oak flavours are subtle, supporting the palate rather than dominating it. A long tapered finish punctuates this well-balanced wine.

 

Maturation

 6-8 years

Barrel Aging

Approximately 60% barrel fermented in mainly new French oak 500L “butts”, and some 2nd fill French oak 300L “puncheons”.

 

Wine Details

Vintage: 2005

Alcohol: 13.05% vol

Residual Sugar: 2.2g/l

pH: 3.42

Total Acid: 5.9g/l

Composition: 100% Chardonnay