It’s all happening on De Wetshof Wine Estate this week. Loved proprietor, Danie De Wet had a birthday. Many congrats Danie – and many more.
September 1st is Cap Classique Day and Danie’s son, Peter who is the Estates Winemaker produces a fine Méthode Cap Classique. Peter de Wet, third generation winemaker on De Wetshof Estate, followed in the footsteps of his father, Danie, and studied Viticulture and Oenology at the famous Geisenheim Institute in Germany.
Before returning to De Wetshof, he traveled to the Champagne region in France, working in various wineries and making a study of the magical blend of science, skill and creativity required to produce premier sparkling wines. He is currently winemaker on De Wetshof where he produced the Estate’s first Méthode Cap Classique wine.
Pour from a classical Champagne shaped bottle, closed with natural cork and the traditional wire muzzle. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw, with the tiniest of bubbles rushing helter skelter to the edges where they form a little crown. All the flavours one expects from a Chardonnay led blend with the Pinot Noir providing the red fruit. A really delicious glass. Sadly, not available from the Estate at the moment, though you may get lucky and land a bottle from a specialist wine shop or restaurant. The next vintage will be the 2010.
September 3rd is International Cabernet Sauvignon Day. While the De Wets might be Chardonnay specialists, some fine red and other wine varieties are produced in the cellar. Classical Bordeaux style wine, aged in barrels especially chosen for De Wetshof by Christian Radoux, the well-known French Cooper. Formerly known as Naissance, the De Wetshof Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 in the words of Peter is where “intense dark berries, bittersweet chocolate and pencil shavings abound, while palate weight, depth of presence and a lasting finish enhance the experience of drinking a red wine of substance and pedigree.”
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