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93 points - Tim Atkin South African Report, the 2nd best Dry Riesling in South Africa
The first vintage from a single vineyard planted in decomposed granite & sandstone soils in the shadow of Table Mountain in the historic Constantia Valley– “the home of South African wine”. This windswept vineyard produced a meagre amount of fruit which was harvested towards the end of February with an array of clusters from just ripe to golden yellow orbs & smatterings of Botrytis. Preceding winters rainfall was good with a cold winter, mild spring and a summer with unseasonably sporadic rainfall, but nonetheless a quick vintage aided by the preceding half decade of below average rainfall. An elegantly troublesome vintage resulted in an age-worthy wine for cellaring.
Hand harvested, crushed into small pneumatic press, and very gently pressed. Settled overnight and racked off with fine lees – half into 500L old French oak barrels & the remainder into stainless steel tank for a long cold ferment with an inoculation with “Champagne” yeast. Post ferment, the wines were racked & matured for 8 months 'sur lie', prior to a blending & settling for a further month before bottling unfined, unfiltered. Only yeast & small amounts of sulphur are utilized.
Initially a shy & restrained wine opening up with hints of orange blossom and honeysuckle, lime zest, pink grapefruit pith, and typical Riesling ‘grapiness” with a focused palate of green citrus, green pineapple, just ripe peach & some almond meal & spice concluding in a chalky, lengthy ‘n mouth whetting acid twist of a finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or paired with fresh crustaceans & other seafood, mild Cantonese cuisine, or a simple roast chicken.
Best decanted in youth or cellared to allow the wine to settle down ‘n flesh
out in the years or decades to come.