INTERNATIONAL JUDGES RATE HUMBLE-PRICED DROSTDY-HOF WORTH GOLD
Jun 28th 2011, 06:50
Proving that expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best, the 2010 vintage of Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay has won a gold medal in one of the world’s most respected wine competitions. The popular wine that retails for around R35 a bottle and is widely available, was judged alongside some of the most exclusive and famous-name wines submitted by producers from all over the world in the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards, held recently in London. Many of these wines retail for the equivalent of several hundred rand.
Decanter is one of the world’s most authoritative wine publications. In its annual competition, the most eminent palates gather to assess the wines put forward for judging. This year’s judges included many panellists who are Masters of Wine (MW), considered the highest wine qualification obtainable. There are fewer than 300 people worldwide who hold this title.
The grapes for the Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay were harvested from unirrigated vineyards in Stellenbosch, Malmesbury and Franschhoek. Says winemaker Pieter Badenhorst: “In many ways, vines are like people. They need a little stress – not too much – to give of their best. By monitoring the water stress of the vineyards very carefully, it is possible to limit the grape yields to ensure optimal quality fruit with excellent flavour concentration.”
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks but given some wood contact to round out the character and contribute to a very attractive toasty finish.
Badenhorst says the wine is rich and smooth on the palate and very easy-drinking. “It is delicious with seafood, poultry, salads and dishes made with cream. Sometimes, after a long day’s work, I like to relax with a glass of this Chardonnay and maybe nibble on some nuts or olives.”Click here for more information on Drostdy-Hof Wines
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