Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

£36.95 / bottle
£421.23 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay is the top white wine from Jordan Wines, Stellenbosch (and one of the best Chardonnays from South Africa, in my humble opinion).

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 Assytiko 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. 

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay is made in a Reserve Style, from a barrel selection of wines produced from Jordan’s best vineyard site. The Nine Yards vineyard is situated between 250 and 280m above sea level. This 19 year old vineyard is planted with both Burgundian and Davis clone Chardonnay. The East-facing Hutton and Glenrosa soils, innovative canopy management and low crop levels ensure that the vineyard produces smaller berries with concentrated citrus flavours.

The grapes are harvested, then crushed and pressed immediately after de-stemming, the juice was barrel-fermented in traditional 228-litre French oak barrels (70% new and 30% second fill) from selected Burgundian cooperages (Damy, Chassin and Rousseau). The barrels were inoculated with a selection of French yeast. A percentage of the wine went through natural fermentation. Jordan Wines Nine Yards Chardonnay was matured “sur lie” for 10 months, with regular barrel-rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character.

As The Jordan’s say, “Stylistically different to our Jordan Chardonnay, with this wine we went “The whole nine yards”!

Tasting Notes

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay is a style characterised by refreshing linear acidity and mouthfilling fruit textures. Classic Nine Yards flavours with lime citrus and fragrant oak spice.


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