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Jordan Mellifera 2020

Jordan Mellifera 2020


BLEND: 100% Riesling

Alc: 11.5%
Total Acid: 7.9g/l
pH: 3.69
Residual Sugar: 135.5g/l

APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL: Glenrosa

ASPECT: South-facing, 280m above sea level

AGE OF VINES: 34 years old


Named after the Cape Honey Bee, Apis Mellifera Capensis, and inspired by the owners’ son’s unfortunate experience with them during the sweet wine’s first press cycle.
The Mellifera is only made in years when botrytis, or a small amount thereof, is found on the grapes.


The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.