The fruit is hand-picked from the Ridgeview-estate vineyard. Whole-bunch pressed to limited pressure, which gives a low yield of 62% volume to weight. A natural cold settling takes place without the use of enzymes. Fermentation at a moderate temperature of 16-18 C in stainless steel using natural yeast. Malolactic fermentation is carried out.
Grape varieties: 100% single estate Chardonnay from our original vineyard
Altitude: 5-65m ASL
Vineyard age: 20 years old
Soil: Clay & Limestone, Flint & Loam
Dosage at disgorgement: 8.8 g/l
Bottle fermentation on the lees: 36 months
Acidity: 8.5 g/l
Tasting Notes: A delicate pale gold with silvery highlights in the glass. On the nose, concentrated quince & citrus aromas are balanced by gentle honey and brioche notes from cellar aging. White tropical fruits follow on the palate as the fine persistent bubbles create a mousse with a firm attack. A long, balanced crisp finish. Drink now or age for three to four years.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast