De Wetshof lands Veritas gold for Chardonnay and Cap Classique

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012
De Wetshof Estate
De Wetshof Estate in Robertson confirmed its status as one of South Africa’s Chardonnay pioneers by winning three Gold medals at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards. The lauded wines were the Estate’s Finesse 2010, The Site 2011 and the Woolworths Limestone Hill 2011, three wines representing the diverse spectrum of De Wetshof’s Chardonnay offerings.
The Site is a complex, oak-matured wine made from a single vineyard planted in 1986, while the Finesse is lightly oaked, plush and very accessible. The Limestone Hills is a fresh, un-wooded wine, expressing the famous lime-rich soils found in the Robertson Valley where De Wetshof is situated.

A fourth Veritas Gold medal was awarded to De Wetshof for its Cap Classique, the De Wetshof Brut (non-vintage), the first time this wine has featured among the Veritas accolades.

De Wetshof’s first foray into the world of Cap Classique, this wine was made by Peter de Wet who has nurtured a passion for Champagne and Cap Classique throughout his wine-making career. In fact, he made his first unofficial Cap Classique on De Wetshof when he was still just 14 yrs old.

While that wine was nothing more than an experiment inspired by the whimsy of youth, the experience of producing a drink with a natural sparkle to complement the fresh natural flavours of wine made from quality grapes sparked a commitment to, one day, introduce Méthode Cap Classique to the De Wetshof range of internationally renowned wines.

The commitment has proved to be bearing superb fruit. The Veritas accolade for the De Wetshof Brut follows close on the heels of two other recent awards for the same wine – it was chosen as the top Cap Classique by the prestigious Wine-of-the-Month panel during its September tasting, and also won Gold at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge during the same month.

“The recent accolades are a tribute to De Wetshof’s vineyard terrains where the various Chardonnay characters are brought to the fore, allowing the wine-making team to make wines expressing the various physical characteristics which contribute towards superb fruit,” says Peter.

“Being something of a bubbly-fanatic, I am especially honoured by the recognition for the De Wetshof Brut, our maiden Cap Classique. Being a 70%-30% blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the product complements our reputation for Chardonnay as well as for the Pinot Noir we produce.”
Peter de Wet with a glass of De Wetshof Brut
Peter de Wet with a glass of De Wetshof Brut

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