The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch at elevations of 100 to 200 meters above sea
level, most with the cooling effects of the close proximity to the ocean. Components from weathered granite and sandstone soils in Stellenbosch all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and
yellow apple character.
2018 was dry vintage in the Cape. Thunder storms in early spring added a lot of Nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies entering the growing season. The day time temperatures during the ripening period were cooler than what was experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry
though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit
into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH levels.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as
whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of
stainless steel and French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in the barrel fermented portions. After 7 months, the various parcels were blended, before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.