Israel Chardonnay 2017
A pale straw colour with a bright golden tinge. Tropical fruit aromas such as pear and yellow apple on the nose with a nutty, chalky, fruit-filled finish. The palate is loaded with vanilla, butterscotch and layers of wooded elegance, which culminate in a crisp acidity and mineral finish.
Israel Delport Story:
After leaving school at the age of 15, Israel Delport started out as a general farm worker to support his family. With his good attitude and willingness, he quickly become a tractor driver and then was selected to be the cellar hand at Stofberg Family Vineyards. As Stofberg Family Vineyards is a boutique winery with not much work in the off season, he kept himself busy with studying wine. After two seasons in the cellar he completed Skop 1-3 and was selected out of many to represent South Africa in Burgundy, France on an exchange program. From the knowledge gained in Burgundy he made this Chardonnay under the guidance of Mariëtte Stofberg Coetzee. “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
|Brand Group||Le Belle Rebelle|
|Other||The grapes are harvested by hand into bins the morning of 28 February 2017 at 23.2˚B. The grapes are then cooled before it is pressed. The free-run juice was allowed to settle overnight at 8°Celsius using pectolytic enzymes. The juice is covered with carbon dioxide blankets to prevent oxidation. The wine is then inoculated, and fermentation took place in 225 litre Burgundy barrels at a constant temperature of 18 - 20°C for approximately 15 days.|
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