South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2020 Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay

Jordan Wine Estate


A style characterised by refreshing linear acidity and mouth filling fruit textures. Classic Nine Yards flavours with lime citrus and fragrant oak spice.


The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

Soil - Decomposed granite (Hutton and Glenrosa soil form).
Aspect - East-facing, 250—280m above sea level.
Age of Vines - 30 years old.
Harvesting - Between the 25th February and 12th March 2020


Crushed and pressed immediately after de-stemming, the juice was barrel-fermented in traditional 228-litre French oak barrels (70% new and 30% second, third and fourth fill) from selected Burgundian cooperages (Damy, Chassin and Rousseau). The barrels were inoculated with a selection of French yeast. A percentage of the wine went through natural fermentation. The wine was matured “sur lie” for 10 months, with regular barrel-rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character


Poached veal with béarnaise sauce or butternut ravioli with mushroom sauce and truffle oil.