I remember some three years ago, doing a 4-minute interview with Danie de Wet about unwooded Chardonnay. His talk was so interesting, talking about older vines producing grapes which needed no oak to support the fruit as it was good enough in itself. He talked for 9 minutes. What a tricky thing it was do edit that back down to 4 minutes. His words, of course, were true and now they really show the way with this fabulous bottle of Chardonnay. Soils are important, and in the Robertson Wine Appellation, heavy in lime and clay which means excellent water retention and a high pH reading of the soil, meaning concentration and structure to the wine, and an expression of Chardonnay with soft citrus and roasted hazelnuts. Once in the cellar, destalked, crushed and pressed, the juice is cool settled and then taken to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Regular batonnage, stirring up the lees, for a time, before the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classical elegant De Wetshof. Sadly, due to lockdown, I have not been able to taste this wine. I have followed keenly the previous vintages and it just seems that each year as the vines age, the wine is more complex and beguiling. Robert Parker, the American Wine Critic says the wine offers “impeccably pure, refreshing apple, peach and lemon fruit, a lovely leesy richness of texture. And a nutty chalky fruit-filled finish of imposing length. Understated and less tropical than some of the better un-oaked Chardonnays, this wine possesses far better balance and sheer drinkability – not to mention more finesse – than 99% of the world’s Chardonnay I have experienced.” High praise indeed and the wine is so worthy of it.
The De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020, like its predecessors is a serious sipping wine, also an aperitif and leading into a meal. Perfect with a snack of my Dalewood Wineland Wild Mushroom Brie, topped with Panko, Enoki Mushroom, thyme & lemon pangratatto. Click HERE for my recipe.
Read more about De Wetshof Wine Estate – CLICK HERE