Bethel Heights Casteel Estate Chardonnay
The 2013 Chardonnay Casteel Reserve comes from Dijon selection 76 planted in 1994 and Dijon selection 95 planted in 1999. It is whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and underwent complete malo. It has a surprisingly taciturn bouquet with light tertiary scents, quite earthy, with dry straw scents. The palate is well balanced with well-judged acidity, a little more concentration than the Chardonnay Estate, with quite a rich, honeyed texture on the finish that does not get too carried away.
A reserve-level, barrel-fermented cuvée, this has a fresh and creamy mouthfeel. It blends crisp tree fruits with bracing minerality and finishes lightly with a pat of butter
perfect with light and delicate food such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés, fish, chicken or vegetable terrines and pasta or risotto with spring vegetables. They also go well with creamy vegetable soups