Friday is C-Day in Robertson, so I directed my tiny organ to welcome US novelist Jay McInerney, guest speaker at Danie de Wet’s Celebration of Chardonnay with a Chardonnay made my someone even more glamorous then he. If that is possible.
Bottle of the Week: Doolhof Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
How much and where? R85; www.doolhof.com
Why? It’s an early start on Friday for usually sedentary wine hacks, as the minibus for Robertson leaves the Waterfront at 7am. The migration of pampered palates, dizzy dipsos and sacred cows to De Wetshof is to hear Jay McInerney, one of the trendiest US novelists, opine on wine. South African chardonnay pioneer Danie de Wet celebrates the great grape of Burgundy every second year and this time he’s doing it in style.
McInerney’s 1984 best seller Bright Lights, Big City, dealt with that other social “c” (cocaine in New York) while his sideline as wine scribe for the Wall Street Journal allows easy access to the legal high chardonnay offers. Trips to the Valley of Wine and Roses are a bonus.
One chardonnay unlikely to have passed his bruised lips is this 2016 unwooded single vineyard stunna from Doolhof in the newly proclaimed Limietberg ward of Wellington. For it has no wood maturation and hails from an area “too hot” for serious chard, although with only 12.5% alcohol, wine maker Gielie Beukes has global warming sorted along with sugar.
Seriously intense flavours of peach, pawpaw and papaya make this an ideal lunch date.
When you look like a young Brad Pitt, as Beukes does, this is the kind of fashion-conscious wine that will go down a storm in Manhattan. Something to sip while you watch reruns of Sex in the City.
***** Brad Pitt
**** Johnny Depp
*** Orlando Bloom
** Matt Smith
* Danny de Vito