De Wetshof Wine Estate is a family owned and managed Wine Estate in the beautiful Robertson Wine Appellation. Danie de Wet is the Patriarch and Cellarmaster, son Johann is the CEO and son Peter the Winemaker. The family are Chardonnay specialists, though other noble varieties don’t stand back.
The De Wetshof Estate Thibault 2012 is named for Louis-Michel Thibault, a French Architect who made a name for himself in the Cape with his designs for both Town and Country Houses in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The main Wine Tasting and Sales Building on the Estate is a replica of Thibault’s magnificent Koopmans De Wet House, still extant in Strand Street in the Cape Town City Bowl.
Once in the cellar, the grapes are destemmed, chilled and allowed a few days of cold soaking before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Once completed the wines are racked and pressed and taken to French Oak Barrels personally selected by French Cooper Christian Radoux. These barrels enhance the fresh fruit aromas and flavours as the wine goes through the malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wines are then taken off the lees to fresh barrels to complete the maturation. `the wines are then blended and prepared for bottling some 18 months after harvest.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales to ruby at the edges. The aromas fair jump out of the glass as you bring it up to your nose. Red berries and pencil shavings, oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla, prepare you for the palate which is crisp on entry and the expands into velvet red berries, a snap of dark chocolate with rich palate weight and the long finish. A truly impressive glass. A wine which will reward after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The De Wetshof Estate Thibault 2012 is a fine wine, excellent for sipping, and fabulous with food. As we go into winter, we still cook outside, a braai or a potjie. The latter a real dish of comfort food, like a hug with a glass of the Thibault. Click HERE for Ina Paarman’s Shin and Oxtail Beef Potjie recipe.
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