Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allows the De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity. An un-wooded wine, De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay has notes of grapefruit and nuts, with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a delicate ripeness.
The American critic Robert Parker describes this wine as such: The De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay never sees oak, and offers impeccably pure, refreshing apple, peach and lemon fruit, a lovely leesy richness of texture, and a nutty, chalky, fruit-filled finish of imposing length. Understated and less tropical than some of the better un-oaked Chardonnays, this wine possesses far better balance and sheer drinkability not to mention more finesse than 99% of the world’s Chardonnay I have experienced.
These soils have the highest free lime content and the highest pH of all the soils on De Wetshof. This adds complexity and structure to the wines, allowing optimum varietal expression with classic Chardonnay flavours of soft grapefruit and nuts.