Classy Chardonnay with flinty minerality and great purity and restraint. A citrus core with ripe apple, pear and delicate tropical notes, produces a wine with great poise. Extended time on the lees adds nutty and toasty notes. Intense yet delicate right through to the finish.
Established by Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards is a company that has grown out of many years of involvement in South Africa, which began at a time when their wines and potential was just being recognised. With knowledge and respect within the South African wine industry, Paul Boutinot has been able to source top quality grapes for the re-launch of False Bay. First discovered by sailors confusing it for Table Bay to the north, False Bay has long been a haven for those navigating the treacherous Cape of Good Hope. The cool coastal breeze which sweeps off the Indian Ocean temper the ripening process, extend the growing season and produce expressive wines with more precise varietal characters and purity. These lifted aromas make the wines accessible, perfectly balanced and full flavoured.
Grapes were harvested at 23.5 degrees Balling in early February. Harvesting was done only in the early morning. De-stemming took place and the juice separated from skins using a bag press. Settling took place overnight at a temperature of approx 12 degrees C. The clear juice was inoculated and fermented for almost 4 weeks at a temperature of approx 15 degrees C. After completion of fermentation, it was left on the primary lees for another month in order to add more weight and complexity to the wine. It was sulphured and racked from the lees when it started to show reductive flavours.
Serve with roast chicken, pasta and creamy sauce or grilled tiger prawns.
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