22 Jan New Release – 2013 Quartz Stone Chardonnay
The prestigious Quartz Stone Chardonnay is made from a single vineyard which is the oldest block of Chardonnay on the property which was planted in 1989. The soil found in this block is decomposed granite with significant amounts of quart in it, hence its name.
It is made with as little intervention as possible. The block is harvested in one day and the juice after settling for two days goes into new oak barrels and one Nomblot egg. We do not add any yeast thus allowing a natural fermentation. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation which presents a wine with more restrained acid.
Each year it produces fruit of great depth and concentration.
Best enjoyed with foods such as langoustine, scallops or any other seafood or poultry dishes. It is particularly delicious with prosciutto wrapped quail or Franschhoek trout.
On the nose the wine is bursting with aromas of orange marmalade, lemon custard and ripe stone fruits. The lively aromas are followed by layer after layer of poached pear and candied pineapple on the palate. The finish is fresh and full bodied. this is a great food wine.