Bouchard Finlayson Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay 2009

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Bouchard Finlayson
South Africa (Южна Африка) 
Additional Location Info:
Elandskloof Valley
Chardonnay (Шардоне)
€ 15.34  
Added by rms
22 Nov 2010

Winemaker's notes:
The Cape fold mountains are no better displayed than in the splendour of this magnificent settling surrounding the Kaaimansgat vineyard.It nestles in the Elandskloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp where the Chardonnay grapes are amongst the latest to ripen in the Cape. This late ripening is effected by the parallel mountain ranges which reduce the length of the diurnal.The uniqueness of this terroir is illustrated by particularly fine small berried fruit which offer a high skin-to-juice ratio.

Fresh and lively with added flavour development progressing over three years of bottle maturation.Prepared in classic Burgundian fashion and then matured “sur lie” for eight months in traditional 228 litre pieces!

Packed with minerally tight fruit flavours of pear, peaches and litchis resting on over-laying hints of oak, vanilla and autolized yeasts.Strong nutty components will evolve over time to create complexity and enhanced flavours. Enjoy with poultry, casseroles and richer fish dishes!

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How to drink it
Food: Artichokes, Chicken, Cold Meats, Crab, Lobster, Nuts, Olives, Other White Fish, Oysters (Raw), Pasta with Cream Sauce, Pasta with Shellfish, Quiche, Red Snapper, Scallops, Shrimp, Striped Bass, Tuna, Turkey, Veal
Cheese: Gruyere, Mild Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Provolone
Temperature: 12 °C
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From the Reading Room
Let's say a grape variety normally takes 120 days to ripen. In an especially hot year, it may ripen after only 110 days; in a cooler year, after 130 days. Viticulturists generally do want a long growing seasons. Long ripening allows components in the grape other that sugar - tannins, for example - ...
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