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Hogan ‘The Galvanised’ Chardonnay 2020

R260.00

Hogan ‘The Galvanised’ Chardonnay 2020
Wine of Origin: Cape Coast (54% Elandskloof, 23% Helderberg, 23% Banhoek)

Named after a pumping Chemical Brothers track that helps Jocelyn get through harvest during late night pressing sessions. Also alludes to the blending of the different parcels being “stronger” than any one of them individually.

Technical analysis
pH: 3.4
TA: 5.2 g/l
RS: 2.8 g/l
Alc: 12.0%

The grapes were sourced from three different sites. The Helderberg portion was picked on 23 January from Rustenhof farm. This is a young-trellised vineyard on decomposed granite soils. The Banhoek portion was picked on 18 Feburary from Summercourt farm. This is a 16-year-old, trellised vineyard on a richer, clay soil. The Elandskloof portion, from a cool, high-altitude site, was picked on 13 March.

Grapes went into a cold room overnight at 10 degrees Celsius. The following day, the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled overnight at 10 degrees. It then went to barrel for natural fermentation in 100% old French oak barrels followed by natural malolactic fermentation. As little batonage as possible. 11 months in oak.

Awards/Ratings
Tim Atkin South Africa 2020 Special report: September 2020: 92/100
Platter’s Guide 2022: 94 points (4.5 stars)
Grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and juice was settled overnight at 10 degrees. It then went to barrel for natural fermentation in 100% old French oak barrels followed by natural malolactic fermentation. As little batonage as possible. 11 months in oak. No acid additions were made to this wine: maintaining the natural acidity is a key component for us.

Wonderful purity with aromas of melon, parma ham, nutmeg and papaya. Great fruit concentration, light grapefruit citrus freshness, restrained oak and delicate lees creaminess giving harmonious balance.

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ABOUT HOGAN WINES
Jocelyn makes her wines in the Banhoek Valley, but sources grapes from various regions. No yeast is used, and minimal new oak. In her own words:

“Each bottle of wine should contain the unique story of its vintage.

For us, making wine right now in South Africa, is about being part of a revolution that is changing the ideals of winemaking. It is shifting the emphasis back to the farmers and the small-scale wine producers, who in their separation of laudable vineyards and attention to small batches of wine, are able to showcase the best South Africa has to offer.

We feel wine should be a history lesson of what the vine has experienced over the year, whether good or bad. No year is ever the same. Our wines are never going to be consistent. We don’t want to make wine to a recipe; we want to make natural, site-specific, vintage driven wines.

We’ve selected vineyards suited in terms of climate and soil to the varietals we make. We’ve looked for older vines which tell the story of the vintage through their well-established root systems, gnarled trunks and lower yields.”

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