Zandvliet Hill of Enon Chardonnay 2010

Sunday, 16 December, 2012
Michael Olivier for Zandvliet Wine Estate
Zandvliet Estate in Ashton has been bottling wine, especially their well known Shiraz, under its own label since 1975. There can be few wine-lovers who have not heard of the iconic Zandvliet Shiraz, originally made by that great character of the Ashton Valley ‘Oom Paulie’ de Wet, horse breeder of distinction.
In the 90s, brothers Paul and Dan de Wet started planting vineyards on the calcareous soils of the Hill of Enon and the Kalkveld Vineyards. Made up of Jurassic ant heaps, I kid you not, this soil not only produces the fine Zandvliet Kalkveld Shiraz but this truly sublime Chardonnay, the Zandvliet Hill of Enon Chardonnay 2010. Almost three years old and released at the most perfect time when all has settled in the bottle and the fruit, oak and juice-making acidity have come together to produce a stonker. This is the first Hill of Enon release by winemaker Jacques Cilliers, backed by four generations of de Wets, well known not only in the Ashton Robertson Valley for their premium wines but for their prize race horses, the fabulous Pocket Power amongst them.

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