A special wine in every respect. Named for the Bateleur Eagle [Terathopius ecaudatus], surely one of the most beautiful specimens of the feathered species. A worthy wine to be given its name. In the De Wetshof Barrel Cellar, there is an exceptionally beautiful bronze of a Bateleur in Flight.
The vineyard from which cometh the grapes for this wine, is a small old vineyard. One of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in South Africa. Only 3.51 hectares in size with a total of 13668 vines planted. The material, a selection of excellent quality with origins in Burgundy.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is classical, elegant De Wetshof. In the glass, the wine is a rich golden straw. Once you get your nose into the glass, you just know that you are in the presence of wine royalty. Beautifully constructed, every element in perfect harmony with the other. Rich windfall citrus, fresh sliced white fleshed peached and pear drops. There are hazelnuts in this creamy long wine, the aftertaste of which seems to go on forever. The wine is eminently drinkable now, though it will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring. An impressive wine.
The De Wetshof Bateleur 2018 is no quaffer. This is a serious sipper for fine conversation or listening to great music. As a food match it has enough oomph to tackle a lamb roast or a veal dish. Dianne Bibby’s Rosemary & Bacon Chicken is an excellent partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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