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Excelsior Chardonnay

Brand Presentation

All our Chardonnay vineyards are situated on the limestone soils of the Robertson region. Limestone and Chardonnay have a great affinity as it brings out the citrus and mineral notes of the grape. The grapes are harvested at full ripeness when the still have high acids to ensure freshness in the final wine.
Grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. The wines are immediately destemmed and cooled. Skin contact was maintained for 4 hours, and then the grapes were carefully pressed in order to avoid bitter phenols. The wine was then cold fermented for 15 days at temperatures between 12 and 15° Celsius. Lees contact was maintained for 3 months in order to give greater fullness to the final wine. 25% of the wine was fermented in new French oak.
Vintage Conditions
2018 was the second consecutive drought vintage in the Robertson area. Water shortages were experienced right through the summer. Fortunately the weather was not excessively hot so the vines coped well in the dry environment. The 2018 vintage is one of the healthiest on record but slightly smaller than average. The white wines in particular are bright, clean with good structure.
Blend
Chardonnay 96%, Viognier 4%
Analysis
Alcohol: 13.85%
Acidity: 7.0 g/l
pH: 3.17
Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/l
Winemaker’s notes
The nose shows hints of peach, lemons and orange blossom backed up by a touch of oak. The palate is fresh and creamy with great length from the acidity.
Food pairing by in-house chef
Salmon mousse served with cream fraiche and dill.

Full Product Specifications

Date Created: 07/03/2019
Product Name: Excelsior Chardonnay
Product Type: Wine
Country of origin: South Africa
Stock available: On request
Price per unit US$: 2.20
Price per unit €: On request
Alc. Vol %: 14.00
Format: 750ml

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Excelsior Estate

Excelsior Wine Estate has been in the de Wet family since 1859 and has a long history of producing good quality wine. The family philosophy is that good wine starts in the vineyards – the wine maker can only succeed with the best ingredients to work with. The wine farm is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa, where the fifth generation of the De Wet family continues the special relationship with the terroir of this great property of the Breede River Valley. CORE BELIEFS 1. Quality obsession Excelsior’s long standing philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards and perfected in the cellar. It all starts in the vineyards, and the wine maker can only succeed with the best ingredients to work with. Owning and managing our own vineyards is of great importance as we get better control of the quality of the grape production. The grapes are all hand harvested by our dedicated, permanent staff. This forms the basis of creating a superior wine that can compete in the premium wine segment. The name Excelsior is derived from the Latin ‘excelsus’ which means ‘high, eminent, illustrious’. It simply means more of this i.e. higher or better. Excelsior keeps true to its name by subscribing to the higher purpose of not only making palatable wines but making better, higher quality wine. Achieving consistency in quality is not only important, it is our everyday obsession. This consistency has been validated by various awards, and recognitions by influential specialized publications. “Own vineyards, hand harvested grapes” 2. Brand building In an industry where consumers are often overwhelmed by thousands of brands in the wine wall, it is a top priority of Excelsior to build strong, recognisable and lasting brands. The aim is not only to have a brand that stands out to the consumer but also to position the image of Excelsior and South Africa as a top quality fine wine producer. 3. Premium Segment As Excelsior is very focused on the producing quality wines and healthy brands, it is evident that we position ourselves in the premium segment. We do play in other segments as well such as the entry level with our Purebred range, however our main focus remains the fine wine sector. It is in this section that the market shies away from trading solely on price and you can achieve loyalty through brand building. “Premium focused” 4. Partnership The fact that Excelsior is a 5th generation family enterprise sets a premise for a certain style of thinking. Whether it is starting a new venture in a foreign country, or the planting of a vine in our soil, the idea is always to think in terms of the long run. We are very focused on creating a strong international distribution network by developing long-term relationships with our distributors. This allows us to invest in brand building together with our partners, OUR PRODUCTS: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 5th Biggest South African exporter to the USA Vintage 2012: 84 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Vintage 2011: 87 points Steve Tanzer 89 points Wine Enthusiast Only South African wine in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys 2014 Six Consecutive Wine Enthusiast Best Buy 2006-2011 Vintage 2017: 89 points Gilbert Gaillard Vintage 2017: Michelangelo Silver Vintage 2017: Veritas Silver Vintage 2016: 87 points Neal Martin Excelsior Merlot Vintage 2008: Michelangelo Double Gold Vintage 2010: Michelangelo Gold Vintage 2011: Michelangelo Silver Vintage 2017: 87 points Gilbert Gaillard Vintage 2017: Michelangelo Gold Vintage 2017: Veritas Silver Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc Vintage 2013: 86 points Wine Spectator Vintage 2014: Michelangelo Double Gold (Gran d’Or) 86 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Vintage 2018: Veritas Bronze Vintage 2018: 90 points Neal Martin Excelsior Shiraz Vintage 2011: 88 points Steve Tanzer Vintage 2012: 84 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Vintage 2017: 87 points Gilbert Gaillard Vintage 2017: Michelangelo Silver Vintage 2017: Veritas Silver Vintage 2016: 88 points Neal Martin Excelsior Chardonnay Vintage 2013: 85 points Wine Spectator Vintage 2014: 84 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Vintage 2018: 87 points Gilbert Gaillard Vintage 2018: Michelangelo Gold Vintage 2018: Veritas Bronze Vintage 2018: 91 points Neal Martin Excelsior Viognier Vintage 2013: Michelangelo Double Gold (Gran d’Or) Vintage 2018: Veritas Silver Excelsior Purebred Red Vintage 2016: Michelangelo Gold Vintage 2016: Veritas Silver Excelsior Caitlyn Rose Vintage 2018: Veritas Bronze Excelsior Purebred White

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