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David Finlayson Chardonnay 2022

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About this Wine

This is the fifteenth vintage of our Chardonnay. The wine is made from five different vineyards. As with previous vintages, the wine shows an elegant minerality with lime-citrus, sourdough and cinnamon flavours. The tight minerality keeps a wonderful acid grip on the palate showing good aging potential. A floral note of wild, white flowers such as frangipani and almond blossom is obvious on the front of the nose and follows through the palate. Likened by many to the flavours found in cooler Burgundian and Chablis sites, the focus here is to make elegant wines, this wine is 100% Chardonnay.

Cool, Dry vintage, grapes very healthy condition. Hand-picked Chardonnay grapes, from 4 blocks with sugars from 22° -25 °Balling, to ensure a variety and complex blend of potential flavours. Barrel fermented with partial pure yeast strain inoculation and some with natural yeasts. A 30 % portion was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was stirred twice during “elevage” in barrel to create a creamy, harmonious blend between wood and grape flavours. Fined with bentonite and vegecol making this wine vegan-friendly Crossflow filtered and bottled under screwcap to ensure quality.

 

Tasting Notes

A glass of David Finlayson Chardonnay 2022 unveils a visage of radiant gold, shimmering with promise and excitement. The bouquet is a gentle yet intricate symphony of aromas, from succulent green apples and ripe pears to subtle whispers of tropical fruits, all harmoniously entwined with soft, creamy notes of vanilla.

Upon tasting, the wine reveals its true character – a dance of elegance and vibrancy. The palate is caressed by a fusion of citrus and tropical flavors, delicately balanced with a minerality that adds structure and sophistication to the wine’s profile. The finish is smooth and lingering, leaving a trace of its delightful dance long after the last sip.

Whether it’s a pairing with delicate seafood, creamy pasta, or simply enjoyed as a solo act, David Finlayson Chardonnay 2022 is a versatile and enchanting partner to a variety of culinary experiences.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyard Location: The vineyards are strategically located in the Western Cape’s esteemed wine regions, benefiting from the distinctive microclimates and varied soils in the area.
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable viticulture practices are religiously followed, emphasizing biodiversity, soil health, and environmentally sensitive farming techniques.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness, often in the cool, serene dawn hours to preserve their intrinsic qualities and vibrant flavors.
  • Fermentation: Fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels, fostering a balance between fruitiness and oaked complexity.
  • Aging Process: Aged in both French and American oak barrels for a period that enhances the wine’s structure and depth while maintaining its approachable and bright character.
  • Alcohol Content: Approximately 13.5%.
  • Bottling: Done meticulously at the estate to guarantee that the wine retains its quality and character from the vineyard to the glass.

Scores & Reviews

Technical Analysis:

This is the fifteenth vintage of our Chardonnay. The wine is made from five different vineyards. As with previous vintages, the wine shows an elegant minerality with lime-citrus, sourdough and cinnamon flavours. The tight minerality keeps a wonderful acid grip on the palate showing good aging potential. A floral note of wild, white flowers such as frangipani and almond blossom is obvious on the front of the nose and follows through the palate. Likened by many to the flavours found in cooler Burgundian and Chablis sites, the focus here is to make elegant wines, this wine is 100% Chardonnay.

Cool, Dry vintage, grapes very healthy condition. Hand-picked Chardonnay grapes, from 4 blocks with sugars from 22° -25 °Balling, to ensure a variety and complex blend of potential flavours. Barrel fermented with partial pure yeast strain inoculation and some with natural yeasts. A 30 % portion was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was stirred twice during “elevage” in barrel to create a creamy, harmonious blend between wood and grape flavours. Fined with bentonite and vegecol making this wine vegan-friendly Crossflow filtered and bottled under screwcap to ensure quality.

 

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Harvesting at different ripeness levels ensures freshness & balance in 22 (91 pts). Still rich & elegant, with similar vilifications to previous: ferment in mostly seasoned barrels, partly with wild yeast. Vibrant citrus & honeysuckle nuances, creamy shortbread substrate from lees contact.

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