Môreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay

Awards: Double Gold Veritas 2013. 4 1/2 stars John Platter Guide 2013/2014. Chardonnay du Monde Gold Medal (2004 and 2007). Veritas Double Gold Medal 2009. Diamond Award 2010 Winemakers' Choice Awards. Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year 2009.

The Môreson Premium Chardonnay is our white wine award-magnet. It's a decadent, rich and moreish number that is impossible to say no to. After just one sip she'll become a firm favourite! You can expect lemony, pineapple aromas with a buttery character. This is a well-balanced wine with excellent mouth-feel and that delicious long, long finish.

Colour: Golden straw hue.

Aroma: Upfront sweet white fruit with a buttery roundness and subtle hints of crème brûlée.

Palate: The complex sweet-citrus buttery flavour perfectly balances the Premium Chardonnay aroma; while a full mouth feel and a moreish finish complete the experience.

Climate Climate: Mediterranean

Rainfall: ± 700mm per annum.

Vineyards: The vineyards (from which we harvest our Chardonnay) are situated on level ground on Môreson Farm (in Franschhoek, South Africa). This specific vineyard experiences warm and windy conditions. These conditions result in quick ripening and intensely flavoured grapes.

Soil: The soil is sandy and pale camel in colour. The soil shows good water retention, allowing for moderate vine stress during the dry years. Soil moisture is carefully monitored, through use of a neuron meter, and it is supplemented (by drip irrigation) when required.

Technical Analysis: 13.51 % alc.  .  2.1 g/l RS . 6.2 g/l TA . 3.49 pH 

Vinification/Maturing: We rely on minimalistic winemaking techniques. The Chardonnay grapes are whole-bunch pressed; only extracting 550 liters per ton of grapes, after which the juice is transferred to the tanks for settling. The juice is partially settled for 24 hours. The juice is then transferred to 300 liter French oak barrels for fermentation. Here the juice undergoes wild fermentation, which in 2010 only lasted seven days. After fermentation Malolactic fermentation takes place. This can last for between one and two months.

The Premium Chardonnay is never racked and it is kept on its lees for the duration of its maturation. Batonnage takes places once a week for six months.

The wine is matured in a combination of 50 % new French oak, and 50 % second and third fill barrels for 12 months.

No Sulphur is added at any time during our process.

After 12 months of maturation the Premium Chardonnay is racked to the tanks for settling and blending.

No Sulphur is added at any time during our process.

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