Jordan takes top honours for Chardonnay

Tuesday, 12 October, 2004
Jordan Wines
Veritas Double Golds awarded to the Jordan Chardonnay 2003 and the Nine Yards Reserve Chardonnay 2003.

Double Gold medals were awarded to Jordan Chardonnay 2003 and the Nine Yards Reserve Chardonnay 2003 at the prestigious Veritas Awards function held on Friday evening. This is the second accolade for both wines, the Jordan Chardonnay 2003 having received a Gold medal at Concours Mondial des Bruxelles 2004 and the Nine Yards 2003 being awarded 5 stars in the latest John Platter's.

The Nine Yards Chardonnay had its maiden vintage with the 2002 harvest and is a barrel selection from a single vineyard site,

"Over the years one particular vineyard produced consistent exceptional quality, in 2002 we decided to keep this wine separate and release a 'Chardonnay reserve' (as it was initially called), " says winemaker Kathy Jordan.

Finding a name for the Reserve Chardonnay proved to be a challenge. It was whilst on holiday (and to the background roaring of lions) that Gary Jordan came upon the name 'Nine Yards'. "I realised it expressed our best effort, and the entire team went the 'whole nine yards' with the maiden vintage".

The Jordan Chardonnay has established itself as one of the Cape's benchmark Chardonnay's. The wine was matured 'sur lie' in the barrel for 9 months with occasional rolling of the barrels to accentuate the leesy character. A small portion of tank fermented Chardonnay was blended with the barrel fermented wine to ensure a good balance of citrus flavours.

The Jordan's' intimate knowledge of their mature, family-run vineyards, their innovative state-of-the-art, gravity flow cellar and their commitment to quality have combined to rocket them to the front ranks of South African wine producers in only a few vintages.

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