I have been fortunate to know three of the four generations of De Wets which owns De Wetshof Wine Estate in the Robertson Valley where wine has been made for over 150 years. The fourth generation are the infant children of Johann and Gera de Wet, who I look forward to meeting one day. While De Wetshof is regarded as a Chardonnay specialist, Peter de Wet the winemaker, makes some superb reds. De Wetshof Estate Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2017 is one of them. Pinot Noir being the partner of Chardonnay in the production of Champagne, it is used on the Estate to produce fine Méthode Cap Classique wines.
The grapes for the De Wetshof Estate Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2017 are hand-picked in the cool early hours of the morning and taken to the cellar where Peter and his team, destalked and cooled the resulting juice and skins. The mash is taken to stainless steel tanks where they undergo a couple of days to cold soak, Pinot Noir is not a grape which has a lot of colour, so this is the ideal time for the colour to start leeching out into the juice. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks until the wine is ‘dry’. The wine is racked off and the skins gently pressed. The De Wet family have a special relationship with Radoux, the French Coopers. Christian Radoux selects barrels for De Wetshof specifically suited to the needs to retain the fresh fruit of the Pinot Noir and to support the wine through malolactic fermentation. After the malolactic fermentation has completed, the wines are racked off into fresh oak barrels for 12 to 15 months of maturation. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
De Wetshof Estate Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2017 is bottled under natural cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant De Wet label livery. In the glass, the wine is slightly translucent, a rich cherry red at the core which pales to garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Fresh black and red berries and cherries. Undertow of fine oak and its concomitant spices.
It tastes like
From entry, a crisp red and blackberry acidity which runs like a golden thread through the rich round mid palate to cashmere clad tannins in the aftertaste. Quite a tongue smacking cherryness about the palate after you have swallowed. Very, very pleasant wine. With its expert brushing of oak, it is a sublime expression of the grape.
It’s good with
De Wetshof Estate Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2017, when chilled makes an excellent glass on its own, not as a quaffer but for gentle sipping. We must remember that in Burgundy this is the wine of Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignon. Nadia Graves’s Stuffed Courgettes are the perfect partner for this wine. Click here for her recipe. You could also fill the with a vegetarian or vegan filling.
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