Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2015

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Lukas Wentzel
Main Variety - Chardonnay
Alcohol - 14.0 %vol
pH - 3.50
RS - 2.2 g/l
Total Acid - 6.1 g/l
Appellation - Darling

Characteristics

Type - White
Style - Dry


Accolades

2015 Platter's South African Wine Guide - 4 stars

Tasting Notes

The wine has lovely citrus and lime tones on the nose. This vintage is made in a fresher, leaner style than before. The palate has a honeyed structure and the wines balanced acidity will have the wine ageing well in the bottle for a good year or two.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

In The Vineyard

Vines planted: 1995
Soil: Hutton & Oakleaf
Irrigation: Dry Land
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
Elevation: 400m

About The Harvest

The Chardonnay grows on the highest hill where the rolling morning mist brings damp conditions ideal to slow ripening, but which make it a challenge to keep the vines free of mildew and botrytis.

Yield: 7t/ha

In The Cellar

The unwooded style of Chardonnay is about maintaining freshness, therefore the grapes need to be kept at 14° - 18° C during the crush, skin contact period and fermentation. The fermentation in stainless steel tanks lasted 12 days. The wine spent 3 months on the lees before filtration and bottling.

The average weight of the berries was much lighter than last year. This will definitely contribute to more structured and intense wines.


Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2020 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2019 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2017 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 - SOLD OUT Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2014 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2013 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2012 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2010 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2009 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2008 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2006 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2005 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2004 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2003 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2002 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2001 Lukas Wentzel Chardonnay
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2000 Francois van Zyl Chardonnay

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