David Finlayson Camino Africana Shale Terraces Chardonnay 2020

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - David Finlayson
Main Variety - Chardonnay
Alcohol - 13.54 %vol
pH - 3.37
RS - 4.2 g/l
Total Acid - 6 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - White

Tasting Notes

This vineyard is 18 years old and was planted by David Finlayson on terraces he cut into the steepest hillside on the Edgebaston property in Stellenbosch.

The trellis system is low to the ground and uncommon in South Africa as it produces very low yields and small bunches. The vineyard is hand farmed and processed only with organic principles in mind. It has been a 15-year project that is now beginning to deliver results.

This wine signifies something truly special to me as a winemaker and is part of my journey in life and wine in South Africa, hence the name, Camino Africana, “The African Way”

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions

Ideally seafood dishes like Seabass or Lobster or light meats such as Quail or Veal . A vegan option such as grilled cashew, peanut and soy sauce topped Stir fry vegetables would also be a fantastic option.

In The Cellar

Hand picked into 16 kg boxes that were then loaded by hand into the press. Whole bunch pressing before settling overnight after which the wine was fermented spontaneously in New French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation allowed to occur naturally and then cold matured at 8 C for 14 months.

Filtered and bottled with the view to medium to long term maturation and as a wine to be served with food.

Wood Elevation:

16 Months 100 % New French oak , Dargaud & Jaegle 300 l barrels

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ARA - Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol use Not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Enjoy Responsibly.