Yesterday the launch of Haskell Anvil 2010, the maiden vintage of single vineyard Chardonnay from this Stellenbosch property where the accomplished Rianie Strydom is winemaker. This wine involved multiple pickings from 17° through 23° Balling in order to achieve the broadest possible flavour spectrum and winemaking was done so as to preserve primary fruit and freshness as much as possible: whole berry pressed, no malolactic fermentation, 11 months in oak, 50% new. Strydom showed it next to two New Zealand examples of Chardonnay that Haskell imports. Tasting notes below:
Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard 2010 – Hawkes Bay
Haskell Vineyards price: R280
Alc 13.5% pH 3.34 TA 7.5g/l
Ripe citrus (reminiscent of marmalade) on nose and palate. Juicy but somewhat lacking in focus. Tangy acidity kicks in, providing long, dry finish.
Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2010 – Central Otago
Haskell Vineyards price: R370
Alc 14%, no other analysis available
Complex nose of pear, lemon and pineapple. The palate shows great fruity purity and weight. Chalky sensation on the finish. Currently rather tight but shows great promise.
Haskell Anvil 2010
Cellar price: R290
Alc 12.9% pH 3.43 TA 6.44g/l
Pronounced citrus blossom and lime fruit on the nose. A leaner, more delicate style of Chardonnay appearing quite green with racy acidity. On close scrutiny, oak seems to sit slightly apart.