De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2000

An unwooded Chardonnay matured on the lees, producing a fresh, lemony flavoured wine with a yeasty nutty aftertaste.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : 
winemaker : Danie de Wet
wine of origin : Breede River
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 5.8 g/l  pH : 3.14  ta : 8.4 g/l  
type : White  
pack : Bottle  

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2001 - Silver Medal
Le Grand Jury International Des Vins - 3 Stars
Veritas 2000 - Silver

ageing : 2 years.

in the vineyard : Climate
Winter rainfall approximately 300mm per annum. Summer afternoons are fanned by a cool breeze from the Agulhas Coast. Nights are chilly and mist often shrouds the vineyards until late morning during high summer.

The vineyards are scientifically irrigated with the aid of a fully computerised irrigation system. Thanks to the most modern technology, irrigation on De Wetshof has been truned into an asset promoting the quality of the grapes.

The gravelly loils are extremely rich in lime with a very high pH - similar to soils of the leading wine growing regions in the world.

Robertson is a winter rainfall area with approximately 300mm per annum.

Pest Control
Due to a very dry climate, spraying is minimal compared to other wine growing regions.

in the cellar : Winemaking methods
Danie de Wet adjusts his methods of winemaking from year to year, according to weather conditions and grape quality, in the belief that wine is made in the vineyard and not in the cellar.

French oak barrels for De Wetshof are specially selected from specific coopers to enchance the quality of the fruit.

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