One thing is clear, that while they produce some really fine full bodied oaked Chardonnays, the De Wet family of De Wetshof in the Robertson Valley, produce a couple of truly sublime unoaked Chardonnays. The De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2017 is a perfect expression of the Chardonnay grape grow in rocky gravel soils packed with limestone and clay which helps with the water retention during the summer months.
Cold winters and sunny summers are par for the course for Robertson and interestingly breezes off the sea in the south ameliorates the summer heat in the vineyards allowing even and slow ripening
The grapes are picked before the vineyard warm up for the day, thus retaining all the elements for the making of this sublime Chardonnay. Once destemmed, the grapes are gently pressed and the juice run off is then allowed to settle out to clarity overnight. Fermentation then takes place. After the process, the wine is kept cool and left on the lees. Weekly stirring of the lees ensures maximum flavours are released into the wine until ready for bottling.
From a burgundy shaped bottle under natural cork. Elegant De Wetshof label. In the glass, a gem bright pale gold with youthful lime green flashes. The nose is filled with the expected windfall citrus. From entry, this wine is a joy. A golden thread of acidity runs through to the long slowly waning tail. The mid palate is filled with a generosity of citrus fruits, desiccated pineapple and lightly toasted hazelnuts.
Delicious as a glass on its own. It’s made for food and will tackle anything from seafood and oysters, pasta dishes with Sauce Alfredo, a gentle Kerala vegetarian curry. Fabulous with a butter roasted organic chicken.
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