Stellenbosch Reserve 2019 Moederkerk Chardonnay
The wines of the Stellenbosch Reserve pay homage to iconic buildings of Stellenbosch town. These landmarks represent the legacy of the town, in the same way that the wines represent classic varietal expressions of the Stellenbosch terroir. Through a combination of wine, architecture and heritage we can tell a story that is uniquely Stellenbosch. The beautiful Moederkerk (“the Mother Church”) is an unpretentious yet prominent example of Gothic Revival architecture. Located in the heart of Stellenbosch and surrounded by oaks, its familiar steeple watches over residents going about their daily business. The clean, striking beauty of the Moederkerk resembles the bright, elegant 2019 Chardonnay
The vintage was characterized by a moderate summer, after a relatively warm, dry winter. Cooler days and nights during ripening resulted in slower sugar accumulation, while phenolics developed steadily. Cooler weather also allowed for longer hang time, resulting in more fruit development. Grapes are selected from various sites located in the Stellenbosch region, with each site contributing different characteristics to create complexity in the wine.
Grapes are hand harvested then partially destemmed, with one third pressed as whole bunches. Fermentation takes place in both oak barrels and stainlesssteel tanks. Lees stirring is performed once every three weeks, and partial malolactic fermentation is allowed, to add texture and character to the wine. Maturation takes place for six months in French oak barrels, using 13% new oak.
Perfumed floral notes waft out of the glass, showing enticing orange blossom with buttermilk, lime and green apples. Firm acidity adds lightness to a medium bodied palate, with citrus fruits, granny smith apples and pears. A subtle oak component of butterscotch and vanilla adds complexity and body to the wine. The savoury finish has a lemony tang shot through with a saline note.
Best Enjoyed: Tuna, salmon or fresh oysters. Great with vegetarian dishes.