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De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2018
De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2018

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2018

Western Cape, South Africa

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Awards: 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
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Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity. An un-wooded wine, Limestone Hill has notes of grapefruit and nuts, with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a delicate ripeness.

An abundance of free limestone is complemented by a heavy clay component ensuring excellent water-retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. These soils have the highest free lime content and the highest pH of all the soils on De Wetshof. This adds complexity and structure to the wines, allowing optimum varietal expression with classic Chardonnay flavors of soft grapefruit and nuts. The grapes are picked in the coolness of morning, with the emphasis on capturing the natural complexities of the Chardonnay grape immediately for the making of this un-wooded wine. Once de-stemming, pressing and overnight settling are complete, the juice is racked-off from the sediment and pumped into stainless steel tanks for the alcohol fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is left on the lees under controlled temperatures. Weekly stirring of the lees ensures maximum flavors are released into the wine until the wines are ready for bottling. Tank maturation on thin lees 4 months.

Pairings: Roasted chicken, soft cheeses, rich white fish, scallops, shrimp, poached lobster.

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