De Wetshof Wine Estate is situated in the beautiful Robertson Wine appellation, the place of fine wine, roses and horse studs. The calcareous soils suit them all. Danie de Wet, Owner and his sons Johann CEO handling marketing and the vineyards while Peter is the winemaker. They are Chardonnay specialists, not to do down the other sublime award-winning wines the make. The Chardonnays, of which there are 5, start with the Limestone Hill, unwooded, delicate showing the wonderful fruit of the grape through to the Bateleur, with its perfect application of the finest of French oak barrels, personally chosen for the Estate by M Christian Radoux of the eponymous French Cooperage.
The Grapes for the De Wetshof Finesse 2018 were picked in the early hours of the day, taken to the cellar and then destalked and pressed. The juice was clear settled overnight and then racked into the French Oak Barrels for fermentation. Weekly stirring of the lees increases the mid palate and general flavours and texture of the wine. The wine lies on the lees for some months, is then racked off the lees and prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle under natural cork. The label is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a pale straw colour with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are of complex crisp citrus, windfall oranges and sweet tropical limes. The citrus and toasted nuts, from the oak, mingle in with brown spices, vanilla and mineral flavours in the wine which stretches from entry to a long and gently waning aftertaste.
While the De Wetshof Finesse 2018 makes a lovely sundowner sipper, it has a duty to perform well with food. It accounts well for itself. I have always loved the combination of Chardonnay and Chicken. Ina Paarman’s Roast Lemon Chicken for a crowd is a perfect partner, just make sure you have enough wine to go around. Click here for her recipe.
De Wetshof Wine Estate is a member of the Cape Vintners Classification – CLICK HERE.
Read more about De Wetshof Wine Estate – CLICK HERE