Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2018
Saint Catherine Single Vineyard Chardonnay has a lovely golden colour, toasty top notes and a ripe tropical fruit palate with a lovely creamy texture and an elegant, dry finish. Barbecued prawns with a chilli and mango salsa would be an ideal food accompaniment.
Light-golden single vineyard Chardonnay with a zingy stone-fruit nose and a hint of toasty oak followed by a creamy texture of buttery toast balanced by lemon and spice on the palate.
Napier Single Vineyard wines are varietals originating from the best single vineyard sites which are less than 6 hectares in size. Water from the surrounding Hawequas Mountains is sustainably collected in dams around the property to manage development of each individual varietal, vineyard block and quality level.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||South Africa|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2024.|
|Vinification||After whole bunch pressing, temperature-controlled fermentation at 15 to 18 degrees C. in French oak to preserve aromatic aromas and flavours. For 3 to 4 months, the wine stays on the primary fermentation lees in 500L French oak barrels (30% new) before the first racking. The fine lees are stirred daily (battonage) for 6 months and every week for the following 3 months.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Located at the foot of the Bains Kloof Pass below the towering Hawequa mountains in the Wellington region of the Western Cape, 'Napier Vineyards' are named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape from 1837-1843.
Around 90 ha of vineyards across 3 farms at Napier, Ranzadale and Bassano near Wellington are planted with Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Colombard, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. Soils vary from the red fertile 'Tukulu', 'Vilafontes' (one of the oldest soils in the world), plus weathered 'Malmesbury slate' and are mostly north-facing, aiding ripening.
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