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Sebeka Chardonnay 2007

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The Chardonnay grapes were carefully hand harvested and then gently de‐stemmed.   They were crushed, pressed and allowed to settle overnight.   Each lot was fermented in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors of the grapes and to achieve a clean, balanced structure.  The juice was allowed to ferment slowly at 14°C.  None of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation.   Andries then tasted the finished lots and selected the best blend to arrive at the complexity he desired in the finished wine.  

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Winery: Sebeka
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Sebeka:
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the ad... Read more
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the adventurous wine aficionado. With a 350-year winemaking history, South Africa is quickly emerging as one of the premier winegrowing regions worldwide. We invite you to pursue the real story, exploring the preconceptions and misconceptions that often swirl around a glass of South African wine. We invite you to experience South Africa, and its vibrant and turbulent viticultural history. “Since 1652…” The wine industry in South Africa, like its citizenry, has suffered economic, political, and developmental turmoil over the past 100 years. These political forces have been extremely influential in the development of vineyards as well as in the creation and exportation of wine. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, established a food supply station for their fleet of merchant ships at the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. This powerful trade company was aware that 40% of a ship’s crew could possibly suffer from scurvy during an extended ocean voyage; therefore, they mandated a daily supply of wine for its sailors to prevent this incapacitating disease. Wine in South Africa flourished around the time of the European settlement; the first European vine went into the ground in 1655 at the southern tip of Africa, which led to the production of the first wine in 1659. Read less

Member Reviews for Sebeka Chardonnay

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.00 5
09/26/2008

Gold in color. Aromas of apple, citrus, and nectarine, along with an assertive woody note from the oak program. Flavors are appley, with vanillin oak influences. Finish is oaky, too. Not the worst chardonnay I've had in the price point, and if you like your chards oaky this will please you given the price.


Snooth User: Noirkat
10695531
0.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/16/2008

all I can say is..yuck!



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Tasting Notes:

The 2007 Sebeka South African Chardonnay has a crisp style, offering a bouquet of fresh apples, pears, spicy cloves and caramelized sugar.  The palate confirms the bouquet, and is accented with hints of oak and vanilla on the finish.   This wine is at its best if enjoyed within one year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to two years.

The Chardonnay grapes were carefully hand harvested and then gently de‐stemmed.   They were crushed, pressed and allowed to settle overnight.   Each lot was fermented in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors of the grapes and to achieve a clean, balanced structure.  The juice was allowed to ferment slowly at 14°C.  None of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation.   Andries then tasted the finished lots and selected the best blend to arrive at the complexity he desired in the finished wine.  

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.5
Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter

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