Jordan 'Nine Yards' Chardonnay, Stellenbosch
- A bold ripe oaked style nicely counterbalanced by nervy and intense fruit.
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- Jordan Estate
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- Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines at this top wine estate since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. Together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 164 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specialising in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. The Jordan slopes face North, South, East and West, with vineyards lying at differing altitudes from 160 to 410 meters above sea level. The vineyards benefit from their close proximity to both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy a mild, Mediterranean climate with a maritime influence.
The ultimate expression of Jordan terroir. The Nine Yards Chardonnay is made in a Reserve Style, from a barrel selection from the best vineyard site. Stylistically different to the Jordan Chardonnay, with this wine we went The Whole Nine Yards! Situated between 250 280m above sea level, this 20 year old, site-specific vineyard is planted to both Burgundian and Davis clone Chardonnay.East-facing Hutton and Glenrosa soils, innovative canopy management and low crop levels ensure that the vineyard produces smaller berries with concentrated citrus flavours. Crushed and pressed immediately after de-stemming, the juice was barrel-fermented in traditional 228-litre French oak barrels (95% new and 5% second fill) from selected Burgundian cooperages (François Frères, Rousseau, Seguin Moreau and Taransaud). The barrels were inoculated with a selection of French yeast. A percentage of the wine went through natural fermentation. Differing stylistically from the varietal Jordan Chardonnay, the wine was matured sur lie for 12 months, with regular barrel-rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character.
- The Wine Merchant Top 100 2017
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Pair with a meatier style of fish or roast chicken.
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