Limestone Chardonnay De Wetshof Estate 2017
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.
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.
De Wetshof`s elegant chardonnay hails from their vineyard which site on heavy clay soils which are rich in limestone, this imparts a crisp mineral character on the palate. This unoaked Chardonnay has fresh peach, grapefruit and apple notes combined with a rich nuttiness from 4 months ageing on the lees. Very good balance and finesse with a fresh acidity and a long, zesty finish.
Limestone Hill is superb with oysters, cream-based pasta dishes and light curries, as well as roast pork and veal dishes.
Gilbert & Gaillard awarded 90 points in May 2018.