Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark, synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch. It was at Lanzerac that the first commercially produced Pinotage was available, a 1959 vintage released in 1961 having been originally developed in Stellenbosch in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir with Hermitage also known as Cinsault. Wines are currently produced at Lanzerac by winemaker Wynand Lategan under the guidance of Boets Nel of De Krans fame.
Lanzerac Chardonnay 2018
Grown on deep sandy soils at an altitude of 166m to 375m. All pruning and harvesting is done by hand to ensure only healthy, fully ripe grapes reach the cellar.
After crushing the mash is cooled to 15 degrees centrigade before pressing. The juice is allowed 48 hours to settle before racking off the lees.
80% of the Chardonnay is fermented in 300ltr Burgundy styled oak barrels and 20% is fermented in stainless steel tanks. A combination of new, 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels are used to ensure the best preservation of the fruit. Battonage is done every week for approximately 8 to 9 months after which the Chardonnay is blended and prepared for bottling.