Citrus and pear notes are complemented by an intriguing nuttiness, with elegant citrus on the finish.Chardonnay clone Richter 99 was destemmed, crushed and the must settled overnight. The juice was transferred to small French oak barrels and fermente d with cultured yeasts, after which the wine matures for several months in the French oak barrels.
De Wetshof is a well-established top Burgundian style winery based in Robertson (160km from Cape Town). Owner Danie De Wet is the pioneer of Chardonnay in South Africa, creating a wide range of styles (unwooded and wooded).
Danie began his winemaking career after studying at Geisenheim in Germany, returning to South Africa in the early 1970s to work alongside his father who began the De Wetshof Estate. Over the years, careful planning has gone into soil mapping the estate’s vineyards to identify the ideal terroir for the various varietals Danie nurtures both in the alluvial soils near the Breede River, as well as the lime rich slopes stretching up from the river. The Estate has become renowned for its elegant, award-winning wines and its innovative and advanced used of technology in the vineyard and cellar.