La Vierge Apogée Chardonnay 2018
The Apogée series from La Vierge epitomises the very best expression of terroir from our beautiful vineyards. It is a vineyard site-driven wine that emphasises the subtle differences in altitude, aspect, clonal expression and soil that make our vineyards unique. Minimal winemaking intervention is utilised to allow the vines to speak for themselves.
Winemaking and Maturation
The grapes were crushed and pressed and allowed to settle with the help of pectolytic enzymes. The clean juice was racked off after 24 hours and fermented in 500L French oak barrels (30% new). The wine was left on gross lees and intermittent batonage was performed for 6 months. The total time in barrel was 14 months.
The wine shows clean lines of minerality, citrus and yellow flower notes on the nose. This is supported with the creamy almond and white chocolate aromas derived from the oak. The wine has a full, textured palate that shows the delicate power that Chardonnay possesses. It has a balanced richness that finishes in a clean, mineral undertone that lingers on the palate.
Analysis: Alc 13.65% | RS 2.7g/L | TA 7.4g/L | pH 3.22