Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

£20.25 / bottle
£230.85 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is a South African white wine made by Jordan Wines in the Stellenbosch wine-growing region.

The Jordan Wine estate is located in Stellenbosch Kloof. The estate was founded in 1982 when Ted and Sheelagh Jordan, bought the 164 hectare Stellenbosch property. Ted’s son and daughter in law Gary and Kathy Jordan took over the reins of the estate in 1993. Gary was a geologist by training and Kathy an economist. Both had worked in the family winery until 1988 when they both went overseas to study at University of California, Davis. Garh studied the Programme in Viticulture and Enology and as did Kathy who also studied marketing courses in the Department of Agricultural Economics. They returnd to South Africa in the early 1990s, built the winery in 1992 and started the journey to becoming the phenomenal husband and wife winemaking team they are today.

Ted Jordan embarked on an extensive replanting programme in the 1980s concentrating on planting classic varieties. Today the vineyards are planted with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Assyrtiko for the white wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot for the red wines. The wines are borne out of fastidious vineyard management innovative canopy management and selecting varieties and clones specifically suited to the various soils and slopes. Cool hillside vineyards were planted to classic varieties, and a modern family-run winery have combined to produce distinctive wines displaying the ripe concentrated fruity accessibility of the New World, with the complex elegance of classic wine. There are several ranges of wines including the classic estate vareital range and the flagship range including Cobbler’s Hill and Nine Yards.

The grapes for the Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay are 100% Chardonnay harvested from mature vineyards (10 to 24 years old) planted with selected Davis and Burgundian clones. After harvest the and pressing the juice is barrel-fermented in a selection of 228 litre French oak barrels (45% new, 30% second-fill and 25% third-fill Nevers and Burgundian oak barrels). The wine is then aged for a further 9 months “sur lie” with occasional rolling over of the barrels to increase the lees-y character, adding creaminess and texture. 8% of tank-fermented Chardonnay is added to the blend which add fresher, well-balanced citrus flavours. All the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay  is a bold and graceful wine with fragrances of lemon biscuit and overripe oranges. The barrel ageing brings creamy, well-balanced oak character.

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