Mellasat Chardonnay is a classic barrel fermented chardonnay and ‘Sur Lie’. Not surprising that the wine has quite a deep yellow colour. The nose has a bright citrus feel to it with notes of biscuit and almonds. This then leads us onto the palate which has well balanced but firm acidity with caramel, toffee and a rich citrus flavour and almandine brioche. The wine finishes well.
Food Matching: This is a big wine with high acidity so it will stand up to big flavours, Smoked Salmon or Seared Tuna will work well with that oakey finish.
Vinification: The grapes from the 2012 vintage were received and pressed by pneumatic bag press. The juice settlement took two days before the ‘must’ is then transferred to 300li French (15% new wood, 85% older wood) oak barrels for fermentation. Yeast was inoculated and barrel fermentation took place. The fermentation period was approximately 28 days at an average temperature of 17 degrees Centigrade. Following Alcohol fermentation, Malolactic fermentation was partially encouraged in barrel. During barrel maturation batonnage was undetaken for six months on a weekly basis. The wine was bottled in December 2012 and released to the market in September 2015. Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original ‘Farm Dekkersvlei’ which in turn was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous winelands just 45 minutes from Cape Town. The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein Mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes. The vineyard sits at 250 metres above sea level.
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