Reserve

2010 Mellifera NLH

Description

Spectacular panoramic views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, cool hillside vineyards planted to classic varieties, and a modern family-run winery have combined to produce distinctive wines displaying the ripe concentrated fruity accessibility of the New World, with the complex elegance of classic wine.

Variety

100% Weisser Riesling

Vineyards

A small south-facing 24 year old block of Riesling is home to this limited-release wine. Situated at 280m above sea level on Glenrosa soil, the vineyard is planted to Geisenheim clone 239 on Richter 110 rootstock.  Misty weather during veraison encouraged botrytis (pourriture noble) which concentrated the flavours and sugars.

Harvest Date

Hand-selected and harvested on 7 April 2010.

Winemaking

The utmost patience was needed to make this wine, taking the whole day to press the raisined berries.  The juice was racked into a stainless steel tank and fermented at 13 – 15°C using a specially selected strain of yeast capable of handling higher sugars.

Tasting Notes

Delicate, floral and fresh ripe apricot bouquet with a limey citrus twist.  Sun-dried peach and apricot flavours with a well-balanced acidity add elegance to the long rich finish.

Analysis

Alc:  11.5  %         TA:  6.77g/l         pH:  3.57          RS:  103.83g/l

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Awards

Received 4 stars in the 2011 John Platter Guide

Scored 85 points in Robert Parker Review