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A medium-bodied, creamy yet crisp wine - densely packed with notes of citrus, white peach and a touch of toasted brioche.
GRAPE VARIETIES 100% Chardonnay
TERROIR Le Bonheur's Chardonnay vineyards are planted on the higher slopes of Klapmutskop and benefit from cooler afternoons. This is due to the shadow of Klapmutskop which results in cool and moderate ripening conditions. The vines, which grow in a range of soils, from sandy to limestone or decomposed granite. The average yield is 8 tons per hectare.
VINIFICATION The grapes were harvested by hand at 23.5 degrees Celsius balling and received no skin contact after crushing. Each vineyard was individually vilified. Thirty percent of the blend was barrel fermented in a combination of Allier and Nevers small oak, with the balance (70%) fermented in stainless steel tanks at 15 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius. After four months of lees contact, the wine was filtered lightly and the blend assembled.
MATURING This wine will cellar well for 5 to 7 years.
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose : Elegant notes of citrus blossoms, melon and white peach with a touch of minerality.
Palate: Medium-bodied, with a crisp acidity. Generous citrus fruit is supported by a touch of oak. The Le Bonheur Chardonnay is known for its retained power and elegant balance, with deft use of oak. This medium-bodied and elegant wine.