2016 De Wetshof "Limestone Hill - Unoaked" Chardonnay Robertson

SKU #1278360 91 points Wine Spectator

 A fresh white, with a quinine edge giving the core of green fig, yellow apple and white peach flavors extra zip through the floral-edged finish. (JM)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Another fantastic value from this K&L perennial pick. Juicy, rich, fruit forward but un-oaked Chard with subtle mineral tinges and clean bright acidity. Just so easy to drink and a crowd pleaser for sure. Has the richness and texture that many Chardonnay drinkers love but without the heavy oak flavors that can be so off putting. De Wetshof has been making high-quality wines in South Africa since the 1970s and the last two releases of this wine have been top sellers at K&L. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L S.African Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2017 | Send Email
A great option for Chardonnay drinkers who want something unoaked but still crave texture and roundness. Spring blossoms, white peach and ripe apple are plenty while the palate shows creaminess with lively acidity, fresh citrus and a persistent finish. This is a fine introduction to the white wines of South Africa, for those of you who have yet to try them.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2017 | Send Email
A great example of why South African white wines should not be overlooked! Pale gold color with striking yellow highlights and a mango buttery nose. This wine is alive on the taste buds and is refreshing enough on its own, but has the complexity to pair with lighter dishes. Id keep a cold one in the fridge for sushi take-out night.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14