Norman Hardie County Chardonnay

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Norman Hardie County Chardonnay

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100% County fruit, about half of which is estate-grown, harvested in mid-September. Our County Chardonnay went through a wild fermentation that started in tank and finished in French oak, half the barrels being 228 l and the other half 500 l barrels. After fermentation the wine was aged in barrel for 10 months on original lees. Natural malolactic fermentation followed by a minimal sulphur addition when taken out of barrel in late July. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.

Vibrant and mineral driven. Aromas of fresh lemon and brioche on the nose (very reminiscent of our 2008 Matt Kramer wine of the year). Delicious and rich textural quality on the mid palate followed by a lean and sinuous long finish. 12.5% Alcohol. As far away from the over-oaked and low acid new world chardonnays as you will get. Food matches: lobster, risotto and pasta in a cream sauce. Suggested drinkability window: now to 2017.

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