The Julian Schaal Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay is very pale. Bright fruit. Pure and pretty young. Very bright. Very successful. The grapes come exclusively from ELGIN – A Cape’s coolest viticultural area and has a unique climate and topography, consisting of an upland basin plateau, surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. This region shows climatic similarities to Walker bay, only slightly warmer by comparison.
The winemaking process detaches itself from industry and honouring tradition. The grapes are picked by hand at the coolest time of the day. After a gentle pressing, and a statement setting, the juice goes to 300 litres barrels, the wine is aged a minimum of 10 months before the bottling. This special size helps the wine to develop complexity and terroir aromas. The idea is to keep as much as possible the minerality of the wine and the freshness. We don’t want to have any malolactic fermentation as it changes the aromas profile of the wine.