Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked at optimum ripeness at the end of February 2019. The grapes come from Stellenbosch and Elgin. The grapes from Stellenbosch were fermented in tank and the grapes from Elgin in second-fill barrels.
25% of the wine was then aged in second-fill barrels for 10 months while the remainder rested in the tank sur-lie.
A complex Chardonnay, fresh, round and soft. Partial wooding gives this wine the edge and to show the beautiful, tropical fruit and limey character. Slight buttery notes showing on the palate with a balance of acidity, fruit and oak.
Ntsiki grew up in Mahlabathini, a rural village in Kwazulu Natal, and matriculated from high school in 1996. Having spent a year as a domestic worker, she was awarded a scholarship to study winemaking in 1999. She graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) at Stellenbosch University and joined boutique winery Stellekaya Wines the following year.
Ntsiki’s ambition to create her own wines grew following a collaboration with Californian winemaker, Helen Kiplinger, as part of Mika Bulmash’s Wine for the World initiative. In addition, she has consulted in France, making wine under Winemakers Collection in Bordeaux.
Finally, she sits on the board of directors for the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which provides technical training and personal development for young South Africans in the Cape Winelands, preparing them for work in the wwine industry. The programme offers them the unique opportunity to emulate her own considerable success.
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