Radford Dale Chardonnay 2013

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With strong influence of Alex Dale’s upbringing in Burgundy, the making of this Chardonnay is also adapted to our particular conditions in this ocean-facing part of the Cape –our mineral geology and temperate maritime climate both lending much to the equation. Restraining acidity, citrus flavours and integrated oaking the introverted side of its character; ripeness and great persistence on the palate the more expansive side. Genuinely mineral, with a crisp lime-citrus edge and an elegant yet intense durability. A Chardonnay striving to be individual, focused on backbone not butter.

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Radford Dale Chardonnay 2013

Additional Information

Goes well with Cheeses, Fish, Roast Chicken, Salmon
Country/Region South Africa, South Africa/Stellenbosch
Grape type Chardonnay
Drinking style Soft, round, elegant


2 parcels of twenty+ year old vines on Ocean-facing, South-easterly & South westerly slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The vines, grown in Clovely soils (decomposed granite), are mature and virus free, usually yielding 40 hl / ha and providing wonderful fruit depth. In 2013, yields were low and averaged at about 35 hl/ha in these blocks, whose soils are composed of decomposed granite and provide rare flinty & mineral flavours. Conditions in the lead up to the 2013 harvest were quite typical for the Helderberg; meaning generous rains and low temperatures during the Winter, a very windy Spring and a dry, hot Summer. The proximity of these vineyards to the sea and the resulting breeze that they experience during the ripening period mean that acidity and freshness is retained. The resulting beautiful fruit of 2013 translated into a wine with wonderful balance, purity and freshness. The initial picking happened very early, during the last week of January. All grapes were all hand-picked, at first light, into small lug-bins and hand-sorted over our sorting table. Likewise for the second picking, just over a week later. We divided the block into two pickings in order to balance fresh acidity with complexity of flavours.
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