Monday, 15 April 2013

TN : The Mentors Chardonnay 2010, KWV, W.O. Elgin, South Africa

The pH of this wine is 3.12, residual sugar is 2.24 grammes per litre, total acidity is 6.39 grammes per litre, and the balling at harvest was 23.6 °. The yield at harvest, in March 2010, was seven tons per hectare. 6200 bottles of this wine were produced and bottled under screwcap.

The wine is a blend of 2 vineyards from the Elgin region and both components were fermented in barrel. One component was fermented with an indigenous yeast strain to enhance the texture and mouth feel of the wine and the other was inoculated with commercial yeast to ensure maximum cultivar derived fruit flavours and freshness. Only 30% of the wine was allowed to undergo partial malolactic fermentation to add complexity in the final blend. Post fermentation, the wine was left on extended lees contact for 80 days and stirred regularly during this period. Thereafter the wine was racked and placed back into barrel for maturation until November 2010.

This wine has won several awards :
  • Silver - Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012
  • Commended - Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Chardonnay 2010
    Gold Medal - Concours Mondial 2011 - Chardonnay 2011

This bottle was part of a five bottle box entitled The Mentors.

This wine was imported by Arvid Nordquist Vin och Sprithandel.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Lemon, flowers, butterscotch, lime, oak

Taste : Lemon. lime, oranges, minerals, oak, nuts

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 999 SEK (The Mentors Gift Box, 5 bottles)

Systembolaget Number : 72266

Mark : C

Website : KWV

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