This Chardonnay is made from a single vineyard planted in 2004 on a southeast-facing slope. This Chardonnay clone is 95C and the soil type is calcareous. The vines are trellised and under drip irrigation. The selection process for this special cuvee already started with the identification of this specific vineyard and working at it with special care from pruning right through to harvesting ensuring a low yield (not more than 8 tons per hectare) with premium quality fruit.
The grapes were picked by hand. After crushing only the free-run juice was selected and after settling the clean juice was taken directly to new 300 liter French oak barrels where it was allowed to naturally ferment (wild yeast) till dry. After alcoholic fermentation which took 4 weeks the barrels were tasted and only those showing the most potential were left to mature for a further 8 months on the primary fermentation lees. Malolactic fermentation was not allowed. After maturation each barrel was tasted again, scored and rated and only the finest were selected for this special release. This is truly a selection of Rietvallei finest. Bottling commenced on 15 October 2014.