De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2021

De Wetshof Wine Estate, a family-owned Winery, is situated in the Robertson Wine Appellation. A region known for its calcareous soils which are perfect for Roses, Thoroughbred Horse Studs, and of course fine wines. I was once in a Robertson Vineyards where the owner talked, much to the amusement of his audience, of Jurassic Termite Colonies whose nests of soils later calcified. Amusing but true.

Danie de Wet, Owner of De Wetshof Wine Estate, in his vineyards

I remember some years ago interviewing Patriarch Danie de Wet for a four-minute radio interview about unoaked Chardonnay. 19 minutes later he was still going strong. Imagine editing that down to four minutes. This was about the time that the first vintage of the De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay appeared.

Harvested in cool vineyards early in the day before Sumer heat started rising in the vineyards, the grapes go straight to the cellar for destalking and crushing. The mash settles out overnight. Next day, the free run juice if taken to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. After this, the wine lies on its lees, where it is stirred weekly to build mid palate and other flavours. The wine is then prepared for bottling.

Johann de Wet, CEO, quality controlling grapes entereing the Cellar

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classic, simple, and elegant De Wetshof. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw, brightshining. The aromas are of windfall citrus, perky grapefruit skin oil and roasted hazelnuts. Fresh and crisp on entry with a rich and generous juice making mid palate and a long satisfying aftertaste. An impressive glass, eminently accessible now. It will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.

My Beer Battered Hake with-Sauce Tartare and Battered Herbs

The De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2121 is a perfect sipping wine and aperitif. As for food with which to pair it, the wine cries out for crisp summery salads, perhaps with sliced pear and blue cheese, smoked chicken or fish. Excellent with a lovely dish of Beer Battered Hake, accompanied by some rustly golden chips and Sauce Tartare. Click HERE for my recipe.

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