THE LADYBIRD White 2017


TECHNICAL DETAILS
VARIETAL 100 % Chardonnay
ALCOHOL 13.5 % vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY 5.4 g/l
pH 3.48
RESIDUAL SUGAR 2,6 g/l
TASTING NOTES

We proudly present our new vintage of this very popular wine. The 2017 vintage was challenging and we needed to let our terroir and experience come together to continue our tradition of world class natural organic wines. Luckily with the severe drought in the Western Cape over the last few years we have clay soil with very deep roots anchored in them. This not only allows for balanced yields and growth but also helps us to produce more restraint and naturally balanced wines. The yields in our area are very low compared to the rest of the country and therefore we do not need to do too much to get rounded full bodied wine.

The grapes for this wine were handpicked. We try to pick as early as possible because we do not like to use a mash cooler to cool down our grapes. We do everything whole bunch pressing and therefore we do not need to use any fining agents afterwards, this is critical for our style. We do not settle with enzyme in order to get absolute clear juice before fermentation. The wine is fermented without cooling with native yeast in roughly 40% old barrels, 30% concrete egg shaped tanks and the rest stays in Stainless steel. Fermentation can last anything from 3 days to 6 months. Vintage permitted off course.

The wine has a light straw colour. The colour is a good indication of style and we are looking for something fresher and lighter than some of our previous vintages. On the nose more white peach than straw and definitely more tropical than lime. A well balanced refreshing palate with a lingering aftertaste. A wine for any occasion but with enough complexity to complement seafood, white meat and rich pasta dishes.

Beautiful light straw colour. Some tropical aromas with papaya and fruit salad evident. A bit of lime on the nose, but also some hints of white stone fruit. On the palate, a lovely balanced softness with great minerality and a lingering acidity. The freshness and elegance of this wine is amazing. It is light to medium bodied and will complement light refreshing food well but in general it is a wine to be enjoyed at any time!