Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay
The Clay Shales Chardonnay is a single-vineyard wine from a site on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge that is ideally located in a mountain shadow, at high altitude and near the ocean. The wine is named after the Bokkeveld shale and clay soils on which it is grown, which combine to provide the perfect base for a balanced, Grand Cru-rivaling wine.
Latest release (2020)
After a leaner and more mineral ‘19 vintage this is an emphatic expression of a now famous site. Lemon meringue, apple blossom and lime leaf are bolstered by arresting tropical notes of litchi and pineapple on the nose. A rindy, flinty mouthfeel adds a pithy and moreish texture on the palate while peach and buttered popcorn combine towards a remarkably long finish.
Whole-bunch pressed with no enzymes, SO2 or commercial yeasts added at pressing. After an overnight rough-settling, the juice was sent to barrel, with fermentation and ageing taking place over 10 months in a 2600L Foudre.
Total acidity 5.4 g/l
Total sulphites 54 mg/l
Residual sugar 1.4 g/l