We have waxed poetically in the past about the De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay. It’s one of the best unwooded versions you will ever try and it has the history of great reviews backing it up. The 2022 Limestone Hill Chardonnay has just recently come into our market and its another impressive offering, this particular wine has taken on an almost cult-like following, and deservedly so as it has some serious gravitas with its underpinning of lifted acidity playing off the core of creamy fruit beautifully. A number of years back Robert Parker Jr. stated that this is one of the world’s finest versions of an unwooded Chardonnay. Consistency has been the calling card for this wine over the years and the latest release has done it again.
91 pts Wine Spectator 5/31/23
Creamy and finely knit, with vibrant acidity buoying flavors of ripe melon, pink grapefruit granita, grated ginger and blanched almond. The salty underpinning and a pretty floral note echo on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity. An un-wooded wine, Limestone Hill 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 Estate 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.”