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David Finlayson Chardonnay 2019

Country: South Africa
Winery: David Finlayson
Varietal: Chardonnay
UPC Code: 858441006828
Tasting Notes:

Hand picked Chardonnay grapes, from
4 blocks planted with French CY95 and
California CY 8 and CY 9 clones. Vine age
ranges from 20 -30 years and planting
density is around 3500 plants per acre.
Grapes are harvested in several stages,
to provide layers of complexity and
blending components (22 Brix up to 25
Brix). Grapes are whole bunch pressed
and then fermented in 300 liter barrels,
with roughly 20% new French oak and
the balance up to 5 years old. About
10% is fermented in concrete eggs.
Barrel portion is fermented with natural
yeasts. Maturation period runs 10 – 11
months with only 30% going through
Malo. Prior to bottling, wine is filtered via
Vegecol, X Flow filtration and then fined
with Bentonite. 15,000 bottles were
produced.

Winemaker Notes:

In 2019 most vineyards were just starting
to recover from the 3 years drought
preceding the harvest. Good rains
meant that early ripening vines like the
Chardonnay were able to mature the
grapes without any restraint and the wines
turned out well balanced and very fruit
forward. This is David’s 13th vintage of
Chardonnay here. The wine is made from
4 different vineyards. As with previous
vintages, the wine shows an elegant
minerality with lime-citrus, sourdough
and cinnamon flavors. The tight minerality
keeps a wonderful acid grip on the palate
showing good aging potential. There are
some distinct similarities to the flavors
found in cooler Burgundian and Chablis
sites – perhaps most noticeably, Meursault.
The focus here is to make elegant wines
that work with food.