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This is an excellent, sophisticated Chardonnay to enjoy over the next decade.

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The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.34

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

BOTTLED DATE

September 2016

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The cold wet winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards’ dormancy; however an unseasonably cool spring resulted in the vines going into summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

Vinification details

After care hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold
Veritas 2017: Gold
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

BOTTLED DATE

August 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The vineyards emerged from a deep, long dormancy after the wet and cold winter of 2013 into ideal spring conditions that resulted in high cropping levels across all varieties. The summer of 2014 was cool with no major heatwaves and intermittent rain resulting in the production of lower alcohol white wines that enjoyed a longer than usual ripening period.

Vinification details

After care hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Veritas: Double Gold
IWSC 2016: Silver Outstanding
Decanter: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Located at 400 metres and showing a freshness that’s derived from the breezes blowing off False Bay, Five Soldiers combines ripeness and texture with focus.

Tim Atkin MW

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The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2013

BOTTLED DATE

August 2014

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The vines emerged from a cold, wet winter and enjoyed even budding in the spring of 2012. Strong winds in early summer affected the yields and canopies of some varieties but cool and consistent weather in early 2013 resulted in later than usual ripening. The cool growing season meant the grapes reaching their flavour ripeness with low sugars resulting in medium-bodied, elegant wines being produced.

Vinification details

After care hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
Old Mutual: Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss