Waterford (Single Vineyard) Chardonnay Reserve 2017
A brilliant yellow colour with a green hue is very characteristic of this single vineyard Chardonnay. Aromatics of peach pip and lemon zest, as well as soft coconut husk and nutmeg notes from the gentle oak usage can be found. The vintage produced a slightly fuller Chardonnay to others due to an overall warmer season. The age of these vines proves to still produce lovely restraint, tightly structured wines which will benefit from time spent in bottle.
The white wines of Waterford Estate are single vineyard wines while the red wines are made and blended to reflect the terroir of the Estate. The Waterford label was launched in 1998 with a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc. The Chardonnay was added a year later. In 2004 the vineyards and property was registered as an estate and the labels were changed to Waterford Estate.
Vineyard: Planted 1988, Clone CY03 Chardonnay
Production Area: Stellenbosch
Yeast: CY3079, D49, 50% Natural fermentation
Fermentation: Barrel fermented and aged
Barrel ageing: 8 months in a combination of 500L, 300L and 228L French oak, 26% new oak
Production: 3000 cases
Alc vol % – 12.51, FSO2 – 28ppm, RS – 1.9g/l, TSO2 – 81ppm, TA – 4.9g/l, pH – 3.48