Jordan Real McCoy Riesling 2018

Jordan Real McCoy Riesling 2018

BLEND: 100% Riesling

Alc: 12.57%
Total Acid: 7.2g/l
pH: 3.09
Residual Sugar: 8.2g/l

APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Western Cape.

SOIL: Decomposed granite

ASPECT: 300m above seal level

AGE OF VINES: 30 years old.

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The Real McCoy celebrates the legislative change regarding the naming of Riesling in South Africa.


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.

Tasting notes

The German clone grapes were vinified and once the perfect balance between sugar and acidity was reached, the fermentation was stopped to retain a hint of natural fruit sugars. Intense flavours of lime through to white peach and Granny Smith apple. A superb accompaniment to the lighter spectrum of Asian cuisine.


The riesling was harvested between the 6th and 21st of March 2018 from unirrigated vineyards.

Winemaking & Maturation

The Riesling vineyards were harvested at 21°B. The grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press with the free run juice being separated from the press fraction.  After 2 days of settling in tank the clear juice was racked off its lees and inoculated with a French strain of yeast.  Cold fermentation at 15°C occurred in stainless steel tanks until the perfect balance between the Residual Sugar and acidity was reached.  The fermentation in this vintage was stopped at about 0˚B to retain a hint of natural residual sugar.


2018- 91 points Tim Atkin
2018- SAWi Platinum award for Best Riesling
2017- Double Platinum Award, Grand Cru Best in Class – Top 100 SA Wines
2016- 90 points Tim Atkin
2015- Double Gold: Top 100 SA wines
2014- 91 points Tim Atkin
2013- Silver Medal at the 2013 Veritas Awards
2013- Silver at The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014
2012- 91 points The Wine Advocate
2009- Best Museum Class Trophy for Riesling at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013

Vintages & Spec sheets

2018 – current vintage

Previous vintages:

2017     |    2016   |    2015   |   2014    |   2013   |   2012   |   2011

2010     |   2009   |   2008   |   2007   |   2006   |   2005   |   2004

2003    |   2002   |   2001    |   2000   |   1999    |   1998    |    1997

1996     |   1995   |   1994   |   1993

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