De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2019, excellent with a slice of Dalewood Fromage Winelands Blue Brie…

De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2019

De Wetshof Wine Estate is situated in the Robertson Wine Appellation, the valley of great wines, beautiful roses and fine stud horses. This wine is named for a specific vineyard on the Estate, block 19A. The label even has the GPS position printed on the label. This little vineyard is planted with a specific selection of Chardonnay material which was imported from Burgundy, the home of the Chardonnay grape. The vineyard is 2.55 hectares in size and lies on a southern slope. This is hallowed ground which consistently gives forth great quality fruit.

An old Chardonnay Vine on De Wetshof Wine Estate

Early morning manual harvesting to retain the grape’s excellent flavours and aromas. Once destalked and pressed, the juice is settled overnight. The juice is then taken to French Oak Barrels for fermentation. The Estate has an excellent relationship with Christian Radoux, the well-known French Cooper, who selects the barrels for them. After fermentation, the wine is left on its lees with weekly batonnage which adds much to the superior flavours of the wine. Eventually the wine is taken off its lees and allowed to further mature in barrel. The wine is then prepared for bottling.

Heinrich Botman, front man and Sommelier at De Wetshof
the first person who greets you on arrival at De Wetshof

From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is simple, elegant De Wetshof stuff, with the GPS address of ‘The Site” written below its name. In the glass, the wine is a pale lemon straw with lime green flashes. The aromas, once you get your nose into the glass, you know you are in the presence of Chardonnay Royalty, are of fine citrus and roasted hazelnuts, oak spice and vanilla. These segue into the rich and generous mid palate with a lovely line of acidity running through from entry into the long clean zippy ending. Will certainly reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Dalewood Fromage Winelands Blue Brie

No quaffer this, the De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2019 is too fine a wine. Good for sipping at a game of chess, discussing world affairs and why Kolisi has joined the Sharks. It is a truly great food wine. With such oomph that it will happily take on a leg of lamb or a Tranche of pork belly with a crisp crackling crust. I have found that it is the perfect bottle to bring out when you serve cheese, perhaps before dessert? The Dalewood Fromage Winelands Blue Brie with preserved kumquats and a slice of sourdough toast is the answer. Stunning cheese. Click HERE for more information

De Wetshof surrounded by its vineyards

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