De Wetshof Wine Estate is situated in the Robertson Wine Appellation, a valley known for its fine wines, horse studs and roses. The De Wet family have owned and managed the Estate for over three generations. Perhaps best known for their excellent expressions of Chardonnay from the unoaked Limestone Hill through to the magisterially oaked Bataleur. Peter de Wet, is the family winemaker and does magical things with other varieties such as this one, the Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.
As is usual on the Estate, the grapes were picked early in the day before the summer heat sets in. Hand harvested at full ripeness, the bunches are destemmed, and the grapes crushed. Taken to stainless steel tanks for fermentation on the skins until dry, the wine is then racked into French Oak Barrels especially selected by Christian Radoux, well known French Cooper and family friend. Maturation takes places for 18 months before the wines are finely blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The livery is simple, elegant, and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a deep opaque plum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Cabernet. A concentration of berries, black, blue, and red. They segue into the palate, which from entry is full, rich, and generous. Lovely line of raspberry acidity running back into the long and gently waning aftertaste. Mid palate is filled with the berries, fine dark chocolate, and the oak with its fine sweet spices and vanilla. Eminently drinkable now, the wine will handsomely reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring. An impressive glass.
The De Wetshof Estate Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a sipping wine with serious philosophical conversation. Perfect with dishes of beef, lamb, pork, and duck. Also, a great partner to a fine Dalewood Fromage Estate Cheese, like their Huguenot Truckle which has frills of cheese cut by a special machine. Put onto lightly buttered Digestive Biscuits, perhaps with a thin slice of Membrillo [Quince Cheese] it makes a great end to an evening. Click HERE to read more about Dalewood Fromage.
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