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De Krans Chardonnay Wild Ferment

De Krans Chardonnay Wild Ferment


Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Appellation: Calitzdorp
Grape varietal: Chardonnay
 
Background
De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890 when the current owners’ great grandfather bought part of the first farm established in Calitzdorp, named Buffelsvallei (“Buffalo Valley”) on the edge of the municipal boundary of Calitzdorp.
The first grapes were planted in 1936 mainly for the production of raisins and some sweet wine. In 1964 the present cellar was built and De Krans quickly became well-known for quality ports and Muscat sweet wines, as well as dry table wines.
The current owners and winemaker now take advantage of the unique Calitzdorp terroir to produce great quality Cape ports and table wines from a whole range of interesting grape varieties.

Vineyards
De Krans Chardonnay vines are situated on the banks of the Gamka river. Planted in old clayish river bed soils, the vines produce low yields. Flood irrigation is used during dray stages during season. Vines are Perold trellised east to west facing to reduce sunlight exposure and keep maximum amount of natural acids.
 
Winemaking
Grapes are harvested towards the end of January early in the day to keep the grapes as cool as possible. Grapes are crushed and separated from the skins immediately after which the juice is cleared and cool fermented.  No yeast is added and fermentation starts naturally.  Once the fermentation is completed, the wine is racked and kept on its fine lees for a further 6 months before bottling.

Winemaker’s comments
Colour: Beautiful light lime yellow.

Bouquet: Full elegant nose of citrus, butterscotch and a chalky minerality.
Taste: Well-rounded full flavours of lime, grapefruit and creamy butterscotch, with a lingering and complex aftertaste and a well-integrated acidity.

Food pairing
Great wine to enjoy with most pastas and pizzas, with more heavy fleshed fish like tuna and yellowtail or Sunday braai Chicken.

Chemical analysis

Alcohol: 13.37
pH: 3.57
TA: 5.67
RS: 3.25
Extract: 23.66

Awards
RECM Best Value (2014 Vintage)
Gold @ Gold Awards (2014 Vintage)
Champion Chardonnay KKYWS 2013
 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 52.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 312.00  

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