De Wetshof 2023 "Bon Vallon" Chardonnay

Tasting notes
An unwooded Chardonnay exuding floral and citrus aromas with zingy, mineral flavours lingering on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif or with subtly flavoured fish or creamy pasta.

Why we recommend this wine
Outside Burgundy most wine makers use oak in their chardonnays but De Wetshof have been making this unwooded chardonnay for years and we have always rather fancied it.

The wine
Bon Vallon is an unwooded Chardonnay exuding fresh green apple, peach and citrus aromas with zingy, mineral flavours lingering on the palate. De Wetshof suggest that this wine will cellar for 6 to 10 years, or half of that for a half bottle.

The wine estate
De Wetshof is one of the few third generation wine estates in South Africa. It was the first registered wine estate in the Robertson region and has become known internationally as South Africa's eminent Chardonnay House. Since the early 1970’s meticulous records have been kept for each vineyard as to the plants’ reaction to soil-types, irrigation and the vagaries of climate, as well as their development and progress over the years. Each vineyard is vinified separately during the wine-making process, the wine-makers having a clear understanding of what the fruit of each vineyard is going to deliver that year.

Food and wine
An ideal food wine, superb with oysters, cream based pasta dishes, light curries as well as roast pork and veal dishes. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
The De Wet family's winemaking heritage can be traced back to 1694 when the first De Wets arrived at the Cape; perhaps not so New World after all.