Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay is a classic to keep on your wine rack for those alfresco sushi afternoons. 26 May was Chardonnay day, and although I don’t always agree with international wine days because it doesn’t align to our seasons, this year May was still quite warm and sunny to enjoy a Chardonnay. So I cracked open a bottle of the Middelvlei unoaked chardonnay 2021 vintage to pair with my oh so creamy salmon roses.
Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay: In the Vineyards
The grapes for this wine were derived from a ten-hectare vineyard, planted in 2010 on the cooler west-facing slope at an altitude of 160m above sea level. The vines are grafted onto Richter 99 rootstock The average rainfall is 700ml per annum. The rainfall was below average at 678 mm for the 2020/2021 season.
Although the vineyards benefit greatly from the water-retentive clay soil, the vines are irrigated.
The grapes were harvested from late January to mid-February 2021 at an average sugar level of 24° Balling. They were handpicked and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.
Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay: In the Cellar
In the cellar, the grapes were crushed, put through a mash cooler and taken to the press where they had skin contact for 4 hours. Before yeast inoculation, the juice was racked off the skins. The juice was fermented for 8 days. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for 30 days.
The nose shows hints of lemon and peach with a touch of spice a very refreshing mouth feel with a lingering aftertaste. A crisp wine with an appealing freshness.
Refreshing and full of summer fruit, a great wine to pair with curries, poultry, fish and picnics.
Where to buy this wine
The Middelvlei unoaked chardonnay is available for purchase from the Middelvlei website at just R120 a bottle.