Lismore Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Lismore Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

$90.00

This reserve Chardonnay shows intense citrus, stone fruit, jasmine and walnut layered with honey and vanilla carried by a distinct minerality and crisp acidity with lingering citrus finish.

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Source: Tim Atkin MW South Africa 2020 Special Report (Tim Atkin-95 pts, Classified 1st Growth Winery)

Sam O'Keefe's Reserve bottling all comes from her picturesque estate in Greyton and is an impressive wine in 2018. The wood is better integrated than it was in the previous release, possibly because of the use of 40% malolactic fermentation. Citrus, pear and passion fruit flavours are supported by minerality, stony acidity and subtle wood spices. Delicious.

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This reserve Chardonnay shows intense citrus, stone fruit, jasmine and walnut layered with honey and vanilla carried by a distinct minerality and crisp acidity with lingering citrus finish.

Wine Made in the Soil
The vineyards are planted in decomposed shale over clay at 300 metres in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. A low mean February temperature lends to an extended ripening period that can put harvest 3-4 weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. The intense citrus notes and the lingering finish are consistent trademarks of Lismore's specific terrior. The restrained minerality of the Chardonnay is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.
Wine of Origin Greyton
Wine of Origin "Greyton" has been designated by SAWIS recognizing the special terrior of this region.

Winemakers' Notes
The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600ltrs per ton. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and was racked into 500 litre Burgundian barrels for fermentation and 11 months of maturation. 100% Spontaneous (natural) yeasts were allowed for fermentation. 33% new French oak.

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