Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2019

£12.50

Wonderfully fresh, nutty and citrussy with hints of orange blossom and subtle oak spice on the nose. The rich and structured palate shows honey and tropical fruit with hints of white flowers, caramel and spice.  Excellent length with a prolonged, complex finish.  Superb value at this price too.

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91 Points – Tim Atkin Report 2020

Rickety Bridge

 

This historic Franschhoek estate was formed out of one of the original farms that was granted to the Huguenots when they settled here, and it was first planted with vines in 1797 when it passed to Paulina De Villiers. The estate nestles against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, close to the Franschhoek River that the old rickety bridge used to cross. The lower flatlands are covered by sandy soils while the hillsides are made up decomposed granite, ideal for red grapes. In 2000, British businessman Duncan Spence acquired the estate and there has been extensive investment to create a modern cellar, which is currently overseen by Mari Kotze.

Description

Chardonnay vineyards ranging from 22 – 26 years, grown on mild slopes of Schale decomposed granite and alluvial sandy soils on Franschhoek’s Dassenberg Mountain. Very low yielding at less than 3.5 tonnes / ha. Grapes were harvested by hand in February at 22.8° Balling in the early morning hours.

The wine was fermented in 500l French oak barrels and Austrian foudres. (10% new and 90% older) The must was fermented at 14° – 17° C and lees was stirred up daily. The wine was matured for 10 months.

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