About This Wine...
The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elands Kloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. It is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures. The vines are not irrigated and they produce small berries of high skin to juice
ratio. The Winemakers love of innovation led him to blend a classic barrel-fermented portion of Chardonnay with a fruity non-malo unwooded portion.
Vintage 2014 commenced on the 12th February, much later than normal, after a long wet summer. Possibly the wettest on record with 610mm of rain recorded from October to March, initiating a keen sense of urgency from both vineyard and cellar staff. Experience and attention to detail ensured a successful harvest and an excellent vintage for white wine.
The optimally ripened grapes were pressed whole bunch to enjoy the added tweak from skins and stalks. The acid component of the fruit has assisted in arriving at high malic acid levels to enhance the wood maturation. The point of departure for this particular cuvee is the fact that 50% of the wine is matured in best new French oak while 50% is a component which has never been in oak barrels.
The combination of new French Oak coupled with the bright fruit of the unwooded portion presents voluptuous bright flavours of butterscotch, melon and creamy peach. Patience allowing maturation will reward with a classic styled Chardonnay of notable elegance and great complexity.
Pairs exceptionally well with poultry, game birds, casseroles and fish.