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Sommelier Miguel Chan Wine Journal

South African and International Wines tasted both blind and sighted using the 100 points scoring system. A wealth of information for any Sommeliers, wine buyers and consumers at large, about current released wines, in its most accurate form, with all honesty and integrity, nothing is hold back, nothing but the truth. The definitive guide to exciting Cape wines worthy of listing in a restaurant context or a private collector perspective.

Spioenkop Riesling 2011  -  93+ points
Pale straw with green reflections.

Clean, medium plus intensity, delicately ripe lemon, pineapples, white peaches, white flowers, honey and granite minerals.

Fine typicity of New World Riesling, more Clare than Eden Valley.

Dry with high acidity, so much energy here, citric freshness, lemon sherbet, crunchy, yellow citrus juice, nervous style, moderate alcohol (12.93%) this is a Riesling on steroids, a profile common in Eden or Clare valley, Australia, but rarely encountered in South Africa.

The steely structure reminds one of Mosel, but with the fruit concentration, ripeness and oilyness for such a young vintage, suggest more a style bridging Mosel and Clare Valley.

Persistent and long, a cracker maiden vintage made by Koen Roose, another testament that Riesling is indeed at home in Elgin, more so than in any other regions.

This Riesling will develop slowly and is for the long haul, if one looked at the Total Acidity of 8 g/L and a pH of 3, now until 2027+.

A Riesling to watch as the vineyard is only 5 years old.

100% natural ferment.

Will be prefect with salmon sushi.


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Over 100 years ago, on the evening of Tuesday 23 January 1900, 1 700 British troops deployed to South Africa prepared to attack their enemies on a hill in Natal known as Spionkop – the name ‘Spioenkop’, meaning ‘Spy Hill’ or 'Lookout Hill', was coined by the Dutch settlers for the commanding views it afforded of the slopes and valley below. During the days that followed, a bloody battle ensued... Read more

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