Le Riche Chardonnay 2016
Chablis freshness with lees contact and light wood influence obtained during 5 months in barrel. A fresh, lemony style with rich mineral, melon and citrus characters, hints of lemongrass and butterscotch. In the words of Christo Le Riche, "We make it to drink it!"This wine has all the best of the Chardonnay character whilst remaining poised and elegant, clean and fresh. The wine sees no malolactic fermentation to maintain the freshness and bite achieved in the fruit. Superb value for money!
Hand selected grapes were delicately pressed as whole bunches and then fermented in steel tanks and oak barrels (50% was inoculated with a yeast and 50% wild yeast). Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to ensure a firm acidity and retention of the fruit flavours. Maturation included 25% new French oak, 25% older French oak, and 50% stainless steel tank. The wine spent four months in oak barrels, then blended with the stainless steel portion. Thereafter, it spent six months on the lees in lined concrete tanks.
Country: South Africa