Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015




Classic flint on the nose with floral, lemon, pear and peach notes. The palate is beautifully balanced with a lovely play between a fruit core and steely backbone. A saline element and succulent, juicy texture add to the complexity of this intriguing wine.

The Clay Shales Chardonnay is made from fruit grown in a single vineyard 300 metres above sea level in the mountains behind the town of Hermanus in the Walker Bay. This region is characterised by a moderate climate that results in delayed ripening and a late harvest. The soils are of a clay shale composition allowing for optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour and keeping crop levels balanced.

The grapes were brought to the cellar in small crates and pressed whole bunch into tank. The juice was then settled and racked into 228 litre French oak barrels, 17% of which were new, the remainder between three and six years old. The wine fermented naturally in barrel and remained on its lees for 10 months. It was then racked into other barrels and bottled by hand with no filtration or cold stabilisation.

13.5% abv

Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015
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