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Six Hats Chardonnay
2015 Chardonnay

Viticulture

Vineyard: Fairtrade certified vineyards predominantly in the Piekenierskloof region.
Soil Type: Sandy and loamy soils.
Vine Age:
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: Last week in February.
Yield: < 6 t/ha.

Vinification:

Six principles form the core of the Six Hats philosophy, "Partnership, Potential, Change, Equity, Dignity and Sustainability". Six Hats seeks to produce wines that will contribute to the lives of the people whose hard work is expressed in each bottle. There are minimum prices set for grapes and an additional percentage of the sales are given back to the community who uses the money to build schools, clinics and other projects to improve their lives.
Grapes are sourced from Fairtrade certified vineyards predominantly in the Piekenierskloof region. These 20 year old vineyards are trellised and grow on sandy, loam soils. The vineyards are meticulously farmed and managed to yield below 6 tons per hectare.
Grapes were handpicked very early in the morning allowing the fruits to retain their natural flavors. Only the free run juice was used, allowed to settle and inoculated with selected yeast strain, fermented under controlled conditions at 12° Centigrade. Aged in French oak for two months.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Light gold yellow.
Nose: Rich red apple.
Palate: This lightly oaked Chardonnay is well rounded, rich, juicy pineapple flavors with some citrus and vanilla on the finish. Well balanced and a clean fresh finish.
Other: It will go well with roast chicken, Dungeness crab, roast pork or mushroom risotto. Also pairs well with poultry and Asian influenced dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 3.1
TA (g/l): 6.4
pH: 3.42