2022 De Wetshof Chardonnay Lesca

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Robertson (Appellation)
Winery Wetshof
Vintage 2022
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2028
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Bright straw yellow in color, with a powerful scent, butter, banana, richness, width, beautiful wood, a pleasant fresh citrus note, smoky and complex and delicious white fruit. A powerful taste, broad, lots of depth and intensity, juicy and fresh, beautiful citrus fruit, the wood is only present in the background.

The Lesca has always been one of Danie de Wet's favorite wines. It was not without reason that he named it after his wife, whom he married in 1975, when he was 26. De Wet understood early on the importance of using specific clones to achieve a certain flavor characteristic of his wines. Clones are used for Lesca, which give the wine a clear citrus character. These were planted in the late eighties and early nineties, so that they are now mature enough to produce wines with the necessary depth and concentration. The citrusy character of the wine is accentuated by a substrate of gravel and lime, as we also find in France. Ideal for beautiful Chardonnay. Yields are limited and do not exceed sixty hectoliters per hectare. The wine is fermented in French oak barrels, which have been selected for their subtle character, so that they emphasize the fruit in the wine. It remains in barrel for only three months, resulting in a wine that excels in finesse and subtlety. Chardonnay at its finest.

The Wetshof Estate is located in the Robertson wine region, approximately 160 kilometers from Cape Town. Johann de Wet, the father of the current owner of De Wethof Estate, Danie, laid the foundation for the domain as it is today in 1952. It was not initially obvious for son Danie to become a winemaker. In his heart he actually wanted to become a veterinarian. His father persuaded him to go into wine, because he saw the future of the farm in it. He convinced his son by promising him that he could study in Geisenheim, Germany, to broaden his horizons in Europe. In 1972, upon his return, De Wetshof became the first private cellar in Robertson, separate from the local cooperative. Danie saw many possibilities and planted noble varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. This led to De Wetshof becoming the most famous producer of Chardonnay in South Africa over the years. Under the leadership of Danie de Wet, De Wetshof has grown into one of the leading wine companies in South Africa. It measures no less than 200 hectares, planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Robertson (Appellation)
Winery Wetshof
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Round, White fruit
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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