Crystallum

Chardonnay 'Clay Shales'

Chardonnay, 'Clay Shales', Crystallum

Chardonnay, 'Clay Shales', Crystallum
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • A single-vineyard wine from a site on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge that is ideally located in a mountain shadow, at high altitude and near the ocean
  • The wine is named after the Bokkeveld shale and clay soils on which it is grown, which combine to provide the perfect base for a balanced, Grand Cru-rivaling wine
  • Whole-bunch pressed with no enzymes, SO2 or commercial yeasts added at pressing
  • After an overnight rough-settling, the juice was sent to barrel, with fermentation and ageing taking place over 10 months in a 2600L Foudre

Info

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
South Africa
Region:
Walker Bay
Variety:
Chardonnay
Color:
White

Sizes Available

Full Bottle ZA-CRY-11-18 12/750ml

Resources

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media
Score
94
Date
2019-11-01
"The 2018 Clay Shales Chardonnay comes from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, whole-bunch-pressed without enzymes or SO2 and matured for 10 months in 2,600-liter foudres. It is blessed with a very detailed, Chablis-like bouquet displaying hints of linseed oil and hazelnut. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a fine bead of acidity; the citrus fruit is softened by lovely orange peel and tangerine notes. The finish hints at almond and marzipan. A fabulous Chardonnay from winemaker Peter-Allen Finlayson."