Dieu Donné Chardonnay 2019
The vines are situated high at 400m above sea level on steep southwest facing slopes. This tempers the sun, ensuring cool summer conditions and slow ripening of the grapes with high natural acids.
The soil is weathered granite with rocky topsoil, found only in this corner of the Franschhoek valley, called Greywack.
Hand harvested end of February in the cool morning.
Fermentation was started in tank and then let to barrels where it was left for twelve months. The lees was stirred up every second week in the first three months (batonage) and only partial Malo Lactic Fermentation was allowed. The wine was racked every four months.
Fermentation Temprature: 14°C
A complex, full bodied Chardonnay with lemony flavours, complemented by vanilla from the wood. Aged for nine months in French oak barriques. (50% new) The wine reaches its prime at about 5 years.
Wonderful with vegetarian dishes. Enjoy this wine with a plate of oysters, rich fish (tuna, salmon), roast duck or turkey.
Accolades for previous vintages:
2015 - Gold Medal, Gold Wine Awards 2016
2014 - Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge 2015 Sommelier Selection Winner 2015
2013 - The Cross Collection – Gold Medal, Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Silver Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
2011- Silver Medal, Michelangelo International Awards 2013