Apogée Chardonnay 2017
As the name suggests this wine is the ultimate expression of wine from La Vierge, the epitome of our efforts both in the vineyard and the winery.
The wine shows clean lines of minerality, citrus and yellow flower notes on the nose. This is supported with the creamy almond and white chocolate aromas derived from the oak. The wine has a full, textured palate that shows the delicate power that Chardonnay possesses. It has a balanced richness that finishes in a clean, mineral undertone that lingers on the palate.
Soil Type: Planted to Argillaceous Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Aspect: South East
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 7 years
Vines per hectare: 5382
Production: 650 bottles (one 500L bottle per production)
Climate: These Walker Bay vineyards of Hemel en Aarde Ridge are situated within close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime climate being more “temperate” in style, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly sea breezes through the appellation during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the valley and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.
The specific vineyard is composed of clone 96, which accentuates the steely, mineral characteristics of the terroir. The highest altitude Chardonnay block on the farm is used which allows slow ripening and enhances the citrus and floral expression to come to the fore.
|Alcohol by Volume||13,45%|
|Total Acidity||6.49 g/L|
|Volatile Acid||0.6 g/L|
|Residual Sugar||2.8 g/L|