De Wetshof Wine Estate is situated in the beautiful Robertson Wine Appellation, where calcareous soils allow for fine wine making, the breeding of Stud Racehorses and Roses. They specialise in a wide range of different styles of Chardonnay. Their Chardonnays are mainly site specific and each is treated separately in the terms of Cellar techniques to produce the perfect expression of the grape in a particular wine. The De Wetshof Finesse 2019 is delicately oak which provides gentle support to the fruit which performs brilliantly as a result.
The grapes for the De Wetshof Finesse 2019 are harvested by hand early in the morning when the vineyards are still cool from the night air. This retains the natural flavours of these fine grapes, the citrus and the hazelnuts. Once in the cellar, Peter de Wet, the family winemaker [De Wetshof is owned and managed by the De Wet Family] and his winemaking team destalk, crush and gently press the Chardonnay grapes and allow the juice to cool settle overnight. The juice is then racked off into first, second and third fill French oak barrels from the Radoux Cooperage in Jonzac, in Cognac country in France. Christian Radoux, a family friend, personally selects barrels for the Estate.
From a vine leaf green, Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The livery is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright golden straw. The aromas are of citrus, supported by oak. With a golden thread of fruit acidity running from entry, through the generous ripe white peach, windfall orange, and sweet tropical lime mid palate and the long waning aftertaste, the wine is just so satisfying. It is eminently drinkable now, though will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The De Wetshof Finesse 2019 is a wine for all times. It is just so wonderful as a sipping wine before a meal or indeed with food. Nina Timm’s Easy Share Seafood Salad is just the thing for a family gathering. Click HERE for her recipe.
Read more about De Wetshof Wine Estate, and buy their wines online. The wines will be delivered to you once the COVID19 ban has been lifted – CLICK HERE