De Wetshof Estate in the Robertson Region – 160 km from Cape Town – is South Africa’s premier Chardonnay House, creating a wide range of wine styles from this versatile varietal. The Estate, however, offers a balanced portfolio of impressive, award winning wines from vineyards and a cellar where cutting-edge technology and common sense farming and winemaking go hand-in-hand.
De Wetshof is a third generation wine estate in the Robertson Valley, where wine has been made for over 150 years. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons and co-owners Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). The grapes are picked in the cool morning, with the emphasis on capturing the natural complexities of the Chardonnay grape immediately.Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression. It has notes of fresh pears and lemon on the nose, and on palate it is fruity, dry and exotic with a long dry finish. As a culinary companion, it is superb with oysters, cream-based pasta dishes and light curries, as well as roast pork and veal dishes.