The grapes were harvested by hand at 18° Balling in the early morning to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar and whole bunch pressed immediately. A long gentle “Champagne” press program was selected where
only the first 520 liters per ton was kept aside for overnight settling. The juice was fermented for three weeks in stainless steel tanks. Secondary fermentation commenced in bottle and was kept on the lees for 16 months
before being disgorged.
The grapes were harvested from dryland vineyards in Darling. The soils are medium yellow, non-arid sandy soils with 60% red laterite dominating the subsurface soil.
Bud break was 10 days earlier compared to the 2019 vintage, giving rise to earlier flowering and harvest. Good widespread rains at the beginning of November had a very positive effect on set and was a contributing factor
to a better season. The cool summer conditions gave the 2020 season a slow start and produced grapes with good acid and low pH levels, which were needed to produce a great Cap Classique.
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: January 25 | Vintage: 2020
ALC: 11.51% | RS: 6.5g/l | pH: 3.12 | TA: 6.9g/l