Chardonnay `Bateleur` De Wetshof Estate 2021

Country
South Africa
Region
Robertson
Producer
De Wetshof Estate
Grape(s)
Chardonnay (100%)
Type
White
Style
Luxurious
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
13%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Sustainable
Yes-sustainable practices
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
Yes
Egg
No

Region

Located 160km North of Cape Town, the Robertson Valley lies in the folds of the Riviersonderend and Langeberg Mountains where the Breede River meanders towards the Cape`s southern coastline. The chilly southern ocean breezes are funneled up the valley and give cooling respite to the vines throughout the growing season. Quite high concentrations of lime are found in the soil and this makes the area exceptionally fine for white grape varieties.

Producer

The De Wet family were one of the earliest settlers arriving in the Cape in 1694. As pioneers in the wine business they have a natural instinct and huge commitment to viticulture in the Robertson region. Ideally located on the slopes overlooking the Breede River, and under the ownership of Danie de Wet, this estate is at the forefront of quality white wine production in the Cape. The facade of the beautiful cellars is a replica of the historic first Customs House in Cape Town. Inside the building Danie and his team use the most innovative and modern wine-making equipment to craft wines of the highest quality. Internationally renowned and one of South Africa`s most awarded wine estates. They also achieved an exceptional rating in South Africa`s Business Social Compliance Initiative which implements the principle of international labour standards for their workers.
Tasting Notes
This wine is made from a vineyard planted in 1987 from plant material Danie sourced in 1981 from the famous Clos des Mouches vineyard in Burgundy.This wine is a reflection of Danie de Wet`s personal taste combining great depth and length of flavour with elegance and finesse. An in depth knowledge of his specific vineyard plots allows him, in conjunction with barrel selection, to craft one of the best Chardonnays made in South Africa. Full spectrum of Chardonnay flavours explode in the mouth, with tropical and stone fruit flavours tempered with fresh zingy lime acidity and a creamy textured finish.
Food
Gravadlax, smoked haddock and lobster thermidor and grilled herby chicken.
Media
Robert Parker awarded 92 points in December 2015.