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The Crocodile's Lair vineyard is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than others and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures.

Deliciously complex with fresh crisp fruit flavours of gooseberry, sweet melon, jasmine and rose petal. Further nutty and creamy components will enhance the development of the taste profile to allow for added interest as the wine matures!

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.51

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2017

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Overberg

Vintage conditions

The Kaaimansgat vineyard is traditionally only ready for harvesting well into the month of March but this time the first grapes from this vintage were collected on 23rd February, the earliest on record. The crop was positively healthy and presented some of the finest fruit seen in a long time!

Vinification details

Grapes were refrigerated overnight and delivered the next day to the cellar where they were cold pressed. Pressing whole clusters was practiced in order to follow old Burgundian traditions which pre-date modern destalking techniques; Bouchard Finlayson believe this allows for greater grape flavour character and better juice extraction. Once the Chardonnay juice was clarified, yeast inoculation took place and the fermenting musts weare transferred to barrel when ferments were 30% underway. All the Chardonnay was barrel fermented with a new French oak complement of 20%.

Awards

IWC 2018: Silver
DWWA 2018: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The so-called Crocodile's Lair in Elandskloof is one of the best, cool climate Chardonnay sites in the Cape.

Tim Atkin MW

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The Crocodile's Lair vineyard is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than others and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures.

Rich in flavour with a distinctive mineral quality. Lots of melon, green apple, lychee on the palate, with slight vanilla tones from the French oak maturation. Creamy components will expand with time enhancing the flavour if further maturation is encouraged.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

5 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Overberg

Vintage conditions

This was an early vintage where impressive fruit presented a high potential opportunity to succeed with super wines. No rot was recorded and the natural fruit acid levels were achieved under ideal conditions.

Vinification details

Grapes were refrigerated overnight and delivered the next day to the cellar where they were cold pressed. Pressing whole clusters was practiced in order to follow old Burgundian traditions which pre-date modern destalking techniques; Bouchard Finlayson believe this allows for greater grape flavour character and better juice extraction. The clarified must was allowed to commence fermentation in the tank before transfer to 228 litre casks for continued barrel fermentation and consequent maturation on the lees. Malolactic was allowed to take place in the oak barrels.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 91 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The Crocodile's Lair vineyard is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than others and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures.

The dry land nature of this vineyard also offers a distinctive mineral quality, which allows greater maturation potential. Beautifully fresh and crisp, with obvious gooseberry flavours surrounded by subtle oak nuances.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.0 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Peter Finlayson

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

TIME IN OAK

5 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Overberg

Vintage conditions

Vintage 2014 commenced on the 12th of February, much later than normal, after a long and possibly the wettest summer on record with 610mm of rainfall recorded from October to March.

Vinification details

The 2014 vintage offered near perfect fruit with great malic acid levels, converted through secondary fermentation to softer and more complex lactic acid, which contributed to greater complexity. Additional time on the lees in small barrels (228l) with a maturation of 5 months in 12% new French oak barrels contributes to its distinctive creamy texture.

Awards

IWSC 2015: Silver
Wine Merchant Top 100 Winner 2016

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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