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Dinner was Organic Roast Chicken with Oranges and Winter Herbs lifted from the November issue of Delicious served with Baked Onions with Parmesan and Cream (Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries) and Petite Pois. The bird is marinaded for 5 or 6 hours with the juice and skins of four oranges plus rosemary and bay leaves, then roasted in the same juices.
The wine, plucked from the shelf for the sole reason that I hadn’t seen it before, was an absolute superb accompaniment. You couldn’t ask for a better match or a better wine for the price. Superb. And bugger to those who profess to a dislike of Chardonnay! It might not be trendy but it is not classed as a ‘noble grape’ for nothing!
White WineWine Tasting Note: Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay, 2006, Robertson, South Africa.
Waitrose £8.99.
Rich, yet elegant says the rear label. Who am I to argue! Weighty, with superb concentration and balance, coupled with a citric acidity that just set the taste buds a-tingling. While the flavours matched the orange element in the dish, the acidity cut through the richness of the cream/Parmesan – joyous. Alcohol 14.5%. Unwooded.
The website, www.dewetshof.com, lists many Chardonnay’s – just not this one. So new that it is not listed on the Waitrose website either. The acidity is going to keep this wine going for a few years – I recommend buying a few bottles; it’s what I have done!
Scribblings Rating – 94/100

2 Comments »

  1. Jeanne says:

    Glad you enjoyed the wine! Dewetshof is one of the best-known Chardonnay producers in South Africa – a visit to the estate is just lovely as you taste in a huge, elegant Cape-Dutch tasting room – well worth a visit if you’re on the Robertson wine route. They make such a range of Chardonnays, from unoaked and citrussy, through to vanilla-flavoured wooded ones and every permutation in between, that if you can’t find something there to suit your taste, you’re just being picky.
    And I have to say I wonder how many people who profess to detest Chardonnay would pick it out in a blind tasting!! I am firmly in the pro-Chardonnay (and anti deathly dull bloody pinot grigio!!!) camp.

  2. Andrew says:

    Oh, me too – PG’s are generally so dull! The only ones I like are the fuller-bodied versions from Alsace; although Waitrose lists a decent (and cheaper) Pinot Gris from Argentina that I rather enjoy.

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