Môreson Dr Reason Why
Colour: Light, golden straw hue with a faint green tinge.
Aroma: Aromas are dominated by vanilla essence and yeasty type characters with subtle highlights of caramel and butterscotch.
Palate: The palate is clean, full and fresh. The natural citrus of the Chardonnay is prevalent on the mid palette together with the yeast type characters found on the nose. The vanilla type character is strong on the back palate and lingers with the natural lime and citrus fruit characters.
Rainfall: 800ml per annum. The vineyards are situated on Môreson.
Analysis: Alc: 12.65% . RS: 3.6 g/L . TA: 5.8 g/L . pH: 3.58
Vinification/Maturing: The 2011 Môreson Dr Reason Why Unwooded Chardonnay is produced from a single vineyard block on Môreson.
The grapes are whole-bunch pressed at an extraction of 550 liter per ton of grapes. The juice was settled clear and two percent of the fine lees was added back to tank. Wild fermentation was encouraged in stainless steel and this lasted up to 30 days. The juice was then encouraged to undergo full Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. Post Malolactic fermentation the wine was stored on its yeast lees for three months during which time the wine was regularly stirred in tank.