De Wetshof Wine Estate in the Robertson Wine Appellation is blessed with soils with a high limestone content, hence the name of the wine, De Wetshof Limestone Hill 2018. In ancient times, many hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, termites built large colonies in the soil. These soils over time calcified leaving limestone content which is so perfect for the growing of Chardonnay grapes, and the breeding of horses. Planted on a hill with a very high limestone content – so much so that it shimmers in low light – the vines produce the Chardonnay grapes for this wine. The heavy clay soils, enriched with limestone, the Chardonnay is rich and complex.
The grapes for the Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2018 were picked in the cool dawn in order to capture all the fine aromas and flavours in the grapes, and ultimately in the wine. The grapes are destemmed in the cellar, then gently pressed and the juice cool and clear settled before being taken to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Once completed, the wine is left on its lees in cool conditions with weekly stirring to encourage good mouthfeel and mid palate flavours. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottled closed under natural cork. The label is classic De Wetshof, there is the logo of the Cape Vintners Classification on the top on the cork cover. In the glass it is a pale golden straw, gem bright and beguiling. The aromas are pure Chardonnay, there being no oak maturation. The aromas and flavours are of sweet tropical limes, ripe sappy white fleshed peaches, and green apples. The texture of the wine is rich and round, with a chalky, hazelnutty, finish. All components in perfect harmony in the long and gently waning aftertaste. Eminently drinkable, a wine of great finesse.
Chilled, a great glass on its own, a mass of fruit. Perfect as a mid-morning refresher or to sit at sundown. I always feel that an unwooded Chardonnay is just perfect with a large butter roasted organic chicken. It is summertime and figs are in season, so NOMU’s Honey Roasted Fig and Walnut Salad with Balsamic Chicken is the perfect lunch dish with the De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2018. Click HERE for the recipe.
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