Bon Vallon – French for good valley – is an apt description for this wine which has its origins in the Robertson Wine Appellation. Not only good, but beautiful. Perfect for the rearing of fine racehorses, roses and of course wine.
The grapes for the De Wetshof Bon Vallon 2020 come from 3 blocks on the Estate 19B, 21 and 40.
The grapes are harvested in the cool of dawn before the Summer heat starts rising in the vineyards. After destemming and crushing the juice is cool settled overnight before being taken to stainless steel fermentation. Once that process is over, the wine lies on its lees for a time, with regular stirring of the lees into the wine which adds complexity and flavour. As the wine is not oaked, it is prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple, elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a pale hay colour. The aromas and palate, which segue on into the other, are typical of a fine unwooded Chardonnay, windfall citrus, roasted nuts and a terroir telling minerality. Delicious and eminently drinkable now, though will reward you later after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The De Wetshof Bon Vallon 2020 is a fine sipping wine, late afternoon watching the sun go down. It is perfect with food. It has a succulence and a seriousness which can accompany a roast pork belly, a gently spiced Kerala Chicken Curry, or these lovely grilled mushroom skewers with the Pesto Princess Basil & Lemon Pesto.
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