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Spioenkop Riesling 2011

Grapes

Weisser Riesling
Clone WR39

Aspect West (W)
Altitude 300 m
Distance from the sea 12 km
Soil type Table Mountain Sandstone
Rootstock Ruggeri
Age of the vines 5 year
Trellising 7 strand hedge
Pruning 2 buds
Harvest date the 24th of February 201


Winemaking record: Hand-picked grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and then destemmed and slightly crushed. Just 4 hours skin-contact in a red fermentor and immediately pressed in our stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). After 1 day of settlement, the juice fermented at 15°C during the whole month of March. Natural fermentation !!!!!

Bottling the 6th of September 2011
Wine analysis alcohol 12,93 %
total acid 8,0 g/l
PH 3,0
residual sugar 4,9 g/l
Cellaring potential 8 years


Winemakers comments: Riesling is one of the world’s most noble grapes and can give you the most versatile wines. We chose for a dry style Riesling, that can be the ultimate “food wine” as well as a great “sipping wine”. The beautiful aromas in this Riesling, are a reflection of the unique Elgin cool climate conditions. Brilliant crystal colour with a fine green nuance, flintiness, floral and a mélange
of white stone fruits. A little dot of “goût de petrol” is giving the wine, a nice finish. The structure is beautiful in balance and has a smoothly texture that gives the wine a long length and charm.

Recommended food pairing - Shellfish, lobster and fine salads with olives, turbot, duck & pork meat.

 

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