Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is made by Jordan Wines in the Stellenbosch wine-growing region. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He’s a geologist, she’s an economist – together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary’s parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. Cool hillside vineyards 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.
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.