Monday, May 21, 2012
KWV The Mentors Elgin Chardonnay 2011 92+ Points
Clear, day bright, pale green with slight yellow reflections, medium concentration and medium viscosity.
Clean, high intensity, delicately ripe green lemon, yellow citrus, juicy melon, peaches, leesy complexity, quartz minerals, impressive purity, very subtle spicy oak, hints of toast.
Puligny like aromatic complexity.
Dry, round, delicate creamy texture, medium plus acidity, fine minerals, nutty medium alcohol, fresh, elegant, impressive purity of fruit, uncluttered by oak, crunchy lemony zest, medium alcohol (13%) textured mid palate well supported by the leesy texture, medium plus lenght and long finish.
Though approachable, this has stamina and almost gave an impression of being still embryonic as far as the structure is concerned, and will benefit from at least 4 years bottle maturation to reveals a more nutty and baked citrus side, the acidity will keep this wine for a while, best from 2016 until 2019+
From 2 Elgin vineyards, with a yield of 7 t/ha, harvested in March, barrel fermented, of which 70% were indigenous yeast,only 20 % was allowed to undergo partial malo, 9 months in French oak, of which 50% were new, 30% second fill and 20% third fill.
Total production of 5300 bottles