The Unoaked Chardonnay from Jordan, is left unoaked having taken the inspiration from Chablis where the grape variety is allowed to express its inherent character. The wine gets its increased mouthfeel by its time left ‘sur lie’ (the time left of the yeast used in the fermentation) where it sits for 4 months. This gives the wine much more body, texture, flavours and an overall nuance to the wine. The aroma and palate of this wine is complex and interesting – on the nose, there is the smell of freshly grated lemon zest and a citrus orchard but on the palate there are flavours of apricot puree and a very pleasant lime sorbet. The chardonnay grapes for this Jordan delight are picked from their 30 odd-year-old vines in February and after settling for 2 days, were tank fermented using french yeasts. This is when they then spent 4 months sur lie where it endured occasional lees stirring to encourage and accentuate the ‘leesy’ characteristics. Jordan Wine Estate sits in the distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof and harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allow a selection of classic varieties to be grown in their specific requirements, with a range of aspects of the slopes to the altitude – all-controlling sunlight and warmth that the vines get. This makes for a spectacular range of wines; bringing out the best of each individual wine that makes up The Jordan Estate range.