PAUL WALLACE 'REFLECTION' CHARDONNAY 2020

 
 

 

 

Winemaking:
  

Wine of Origin

Elgin

Harvest Date 19th February 2020

   

Analysis:

  

Alcohol

14.08% (14.0% on label)

Residual Sugar

1.8 g/l

pH

3.32

TA

6.0 g/l

 
Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
   
The 2020 Paul Wallace Reflection Chardonnay is our fourth vintage of Chardonnay. This small production of 1675 litres /2133 bottles is the first to be produced from our own Chardonnay vineyard (Clone CY95). This vineyard of 0.85 hectares faces due south and overlooks the dam between the base of the hill and our home. The name "Reflection" is derived from the magnificent early morning and evening reflection of our Chardonnay vineyard in the dam.

Our Chardonnay was vinified with the assistance of Maryke Botha in the Eikendal cellar. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, and the juice taken to Burgundian oak barrels where it was inoculated with Zymaflore CX9 yeast. There is a 20% new wood contribution (Mercurey Nicolas 500 lit) and malolactic fermentation was limited to 30%. After 12 months in wood, the barrels were blended and the wine bottled on 19th April 2021.

The Reflection Chardonnay leads with prominent notes of lemon and lime when young, evolving into passion fruit, nuts and oatmeal with impressive weight, concentration and length. A fruit-forward entry onto the palate where citrus notes and a delicate oaky sweetness combine with an underlying minerality to produce a wine with good breadth, length and mouthfeel.

This Chardonnay reflects purity of fruit, a natural elegance and texture prevalent in Chardonnays from the Elgin Valley. A rewarding wine that will compliment most seafood dishes, fresh oysters, poultry or even a heavenly piece of gorgonzola cheese. Best served slightly chilled.
 

Awards:
     
• Platter 4.5*
National Wine Challenge 2021 Double Gold

 

  

 

   
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Wallovale Vineyards, Farm #63, Highlands Road, Elgin, South Africa