Klein Constania

Riesling  2002

Riesling 2002

Riesling is grown on the cool, south-facing slopes of Klein Constantia Estate. Prevailing southerly Atlantic and Indian Ocean breezes ensure a relatively long and cool growing season, ideal for this variety.

 

Late season dew and humidity encourages the development of some botrytis. Unirrigated soils consist of decomposed Table Mountain granite.

Grapes were harvested in late-February of this moderate vintage. Approximately 20% of the fruit was affected by botrytis. This enhances the character and complexity of the wine with age. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats followed. The wine was bottled 6 months after harvest.

 

Tasting Notes

Made in an off-dry style, this wine shows intense floral and tropical fruit aromas. Honeyed botrytis and terpene characteristics are not yet evident, but should start showing after another year in bottle. Pronounced pineapple and marzipan flavours are complemented by crisp acidity, leading to a spicy, dry finish.

 

Maturation

 Ready to drink now, but will evolve well in bottle for a further 5-6 years.

 

 

Wine Details

Vintage: 2002

Alcohol: 11.08 % vol

Residual Sugar: 8.3 g/l

pH: 3.39

Total Acid: 6.1 g/l