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Southend Chardonnay

Newton Johnson, Southend Chardonnay 2016

R165

5 in stock

Notes

Tasting notes:
Quite flowery and concentrated on the nose, with bracing grapefruit and green limes, and a touch of beeswax. Creamy up front in the mouth, with grippy fruit tannin holding the palate together. Pleasant, saline and long dry finish.

Southend is a single vineyard wine that lies in the shadow of the Babylonstoring Mountains in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and is owned and farmed by our neighbours, the Pringle family. It is a notably cooler slope, a stone’s throw across the river from us, with less sunshine and consequently slower ripening. It produces wines with sparkling clarity, high-toned fruit flavours, compact structure, and vibrant acidity. We preserve these features by fermenting in larger format casks that often ferment slowly in to the winter. This parcel takes a steely and light-footed point of difference from the other Chardonnay vineyards of our appellation.

The vineyard lies on the lower slopes at an altitude of 210m, in the porphyritic granite soils of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. This appellation ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly ocean-going winds through the appellation during the summer. These southerly winds in turn create regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley.
Tasting notes:
Quite flowery and concentrated on the nose, with bracing grapefruit and green limes, and a touch of beeswax. Creamy up front in the mouth, with grippy fruit tannin holding the palate together. Pleasant, saline and long dry finish.

Southend is a single vineyard wine that lies in the shadow of the Babylonstoring Mountains in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and is owned and farmed by our neighbours, the Pringle family. It is a notably cooler slope, a stone’s throw across the river from us, with less sunshine and consequently slower ripening. It produces wines with sparkling clarity, high-toned fruit flavours, compact structure, and vibrant acidity. We preserve these features by fermenting in larger format casks that often ferment slowly in to the winter. This parcel takes a steely and light-footed point of difference from the other Chardonnay vineyards of our appellation.

The vineyard lies on the lower slopes at an altitude of 210m, in the porphyritic granite soils of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. This appellation ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly ocean-going winds through the appellation during the summer. These southerly winds in turn create regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley.
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Country

ZA

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

Style

White

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