De Wetshof Wine Estate has been owned and managed by the De Wet Family since 1949. It is a premier estate in the Robertson Wine Appellation and one of the earliest registered wine estates in the country. Second generation Danie de Wet really turned the Estate into a specialist Chardonnay producing winery. His sons, Johann CEO and Peter, Winemaker, keep up the tradition while using other noble varieties to produce benchmarks of their type, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
The Bon Vallon is an unwooded wine. I remember talking to Danie de Wet about the virtues of Unwooded Chardonnay. It was meant to be a four-minute radio interview, he spoke for 9 minutes!
Made in the cellar with minimal intervention, it is a benchmark for unwooded Chardonnay in our winelands. The grapes are picked early in the morning before the Summer heat rises in the vineyards. After fermentation the wine is left on the lees and stirred frequently to improve mouth feel and flavour. It is then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is classical De Wetshof and there is also a label for CVC, the Cape Vintners Classification of which De Wetshof is part. In the glass, the wine is a pale honey straw in colour, with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are intense and are smelled as you move your nose to the top of the glass. Citrus in the form of sweet tropical limes and windfall oranges mingle with toasted hazelnuts and a flinty mineral. The wine has a beautiful line of acidity running through it from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. Very impressive glass.
The De Wetshof Bon Vallon 2022 is a perfect any time wine. Excellent as a sipper at sundown with a bowl each of roasted almonds and fat green olives. It is a perfect partner for a well-prepared dish, particularly chicken or pork. Alida Ryder’s Tuscan Chicken Pasta is the ideal partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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