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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay description
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Full fruit flavours and soft tannins, together with good aromatics and ideal acidity, made 2010 an excellent vintage. Another great year for Chardonnay! A cold, wet winter in 2009 allowed for the lovely, even budding of the vineyards during spring, and the warm, sunny days that followed in summer resulted in great flavour and colour development in the berries. The grapes for Five Soldiers Chardonnay were harvested on February 11th, 2010 from vines growing on decomposed granite soil. Carefully selected bunches were harvested at 22.4° Balling, 7.8 total acid and 3.18 pH. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, very gently and the juice drained to 74% new Burgundian and 26% 2nd fill 300 litre barrels for natural fermentation. Bi-weekly stirring (batonage) were exercised to enhance extraction of flavour and aromatics and to aid the process of natural malo-lactic fermentation. After 15 months, the wine was racked from barrel for stabilization and bottling.