De Wetshof current releases
By Christian Eedes, 19 October 2022
De Wetshof in Robertson has been associated with fine wine production since the 1970s, owner Danie de Wet one of the modern’s industry leading figures. Chardonnay is a specialty and a number of versions are made, Bateleur and The Site being the most premium. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows:
De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay 2020
Grapes from a 1986 west-facing block on a rocky, limestone-rich soil with a clay base. Matured for 12 months in French oak, 100% new. Citrus, struck match, some waxy character and vanilla on the nose while the palate has dense fruit, driving acidity, the finish suitably savoury. Prominent oak lends a firmness to the wine. Alcohol: 13.22%.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2020
Grapes from a 1986 east-facing. Maturation as above. Some light reduction before peach, citrus and vanilla on the nose. Good palate weight (alcohol is 14.24%) and well-integrated acidity before a savoury finish – more succulent and soft than its counterpart above.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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