PAUL WALLACE 'REFLECTION' CHARDONNAY 2021

 
 

 

 

Winemaking:
  

Wine of Origin

Elgin

Harvest Date

25th February 2021

   

Analysis:

  

Alcohol

12.56%

Residual Sugar

1.8 g/l

pH

3.38

TA

5.8 g/l

 
Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
   
The 2021 Paul Wallace Reflection Chardonnay is our fifth vintage of Chardonnay. This small production of 1902 litres /2535 bottles is the second to be produced from our very own Chardonnay vineyard (Clone CY95). This vineyard of 0.85 hectares planted on Bokkeveld shale soils 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 picked hand-picked into lug boxes before vinification takes place. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice taken to Burgundian oak barrels where it underwent fermentation. There is a 20% new oak contribution and a mixture of 500L and 300L barrels were used for maturation. Malolactic fermentation was limited to 30%. After 10 months in wood, the barrels were blended and the wine bottled on 12th February 2022.

The Reflection Chardonnay leads with prominent notes of lemon and lime when young, evolving into passion fruit, brioche and with a refined minerality and length. A fruit-forward entry onto the palate where citrus notes and a delicate oaky sweetness combine with the 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.

 

  

 

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