Saturday, June 22, 2019

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019 launched at Sea Breeze restaurant, Cape Town

When certain wine farms release a new vintage, one's expectations are high. Especially when they have wines we love to drink like De Wetshof who produce 5 different and all excellent Chardonnays. And we were not certainly disappointed with this year’s Limestone Hill, which is their most popular and most reasonably priced of them all
DeWetshof Wines:
The launch was held over lunch at Sea Breeze restaurant in Bree Street
A new venue for us and one which was on our list of places to visit
It certainly warrants a return, soon, and might just be Lynne's choice for her birthday in August
A clever way to let you know what’s on the menu
And a glass of the Limestone Hill was there to welcome us. The minerality shows first, then the typical, slightly bready chardonnay nose of golden citrus. On the palate, fullness with ripe lemon and some apple and peach notes, a little chalkiness, with salty minerality and a hint of tropical fruit on the long finish. Very refreshing, eminently quaffable and great with food. This was confirmed as we drank it throughout the meal. As famous wine critic Robert Parker said in the past:"... this wine possesses far better balance and sheer drinkability – not to mention more finesse – than 99% of the world’s Chardonnay I have experienced.” High praise indeed. It is our Wine of the Week. R99 on the farm and available with delivery included at R116 from
Johann de Wet awaits arrivals inside the restaurant
And lots of Limestone Hill was poured
PRO Journalist Emile Joubert told us that, this year in Kyoto in Japan, the Japanese sommeliers voted Limestone Hill
their Oyster Wine of the Year and it is now one of the top selling Chardonnays in that country
Johann de Wet told us that drought has played its part in their vineyards. They do get water from the Brandvlei dam and so they have enough water, but they have tried to conserve it as much as possible. He told us that 2019 will be one of the best vintages they have had for white wine. The wines have more structure and depth and good chemistry. The Limestone Hill is from four vineyards next to the cellar which are high in limestone and clay, which give minerality and salty layers, making this a good food wine
The media listen intently
and use social media on their phones to report on the tasting
The older journalists make extensive notes for writing up the tasting, as you see Graham Howe and Lynne doing
The lunch menu
Those who can eat oysters got this wonderful plate of six on ice: 3 from Saldanha Bay & 3 from Knysna, with a cucumber, lime, horseradish and Amasi (local fermented milk) dressing, plus lemon slices
The well trained staff
Sea Breeze is owned and run by Britons Alex and Ruth Grahame, previously of the Hornblower’s seafood restaurant in Gourdon, Scotland. He explained that pairing seafood with wine highlighted the hard work of winemakers and the terroir. The citrus flavours of this wine were paired to compliment the food we would be eating as, in its turn, the food enhanced the flavours of the wine
Lynne cannot eat oysters (she loves them but they do not like her) and this was the excellent dish served as her starter. Superb large peeled prawns with a spicy red cabbage, pineapple and carrot slaw, with chilli peanuts and some sesame mayo. This dish made her resolve to return soon
The oysters, large and plump and fresh
The main course of gently seared Yellowfin tuna steaks (in season at the moment and sustainably caught), very tender, served with baby carrots and fennel, sautéed new potatoes, radish and a herb pesto. It was a perfect dish to go with the Limestone Hill, a lovely blend of flavours and textures. It certainly did encourage one to partake more of this very drinkable wine! We were Ubering home
Dessert was a sharp and sweet Lemon tart with quite a lot of lemon zest,
a good crisp pastry base and Chantilly cream
Seabreeze Restaurant is at 211 – 213 Bree Street, Cape Town and is open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 to 21:30
 For bookings and enquiries, please call 074 793 9349 or email
Their website is

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