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Paul Cluver Riesling 'Dry Encounter' 2015

Paul Cluver Riesling 'Dry Encounter' 2015

Region:

Elgin

Main Cultivar:

Riesling

Price Category:

R75-R100

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Tasting Notes

The colour is pale, with a beautiful green apple tint. The nose shows ripe green apple, apple blossom, beeswax and fynbos honey notes. The palate is crisp and clean – lemon sorbet-like however has some more palate weight than one normally would expect. There is a great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the acidity. Generally regarded as restrained, it displays typical Riesling ‘nervousness’. The mineral core, which is linked to the shale rich soils in which the vines grow, astounds. It is the reason for the wine structure and the lingering after taste. Perfect hot weather wine – very refreshing.

Food Pairing

Gorgonzola and roasted sweet potato salad with honey dressing. Pan fried prawns with paprika, toasted sesame and yoghurt dressing. Roast pork chops with pomegranate and coriander salsa

Cellaring Notes

Enjoy now or age for 5-8 years.

Vinification

The majority of the grapes for this vintage came from the 26 year old Riesling block with a small percentage from the younger blocks. In addition to vineyard sorting, a second stage of bunch and berry sorting occurs at the cellar to eliminate all traces of rot. Limited skin contact prior to fermentation. Pressing is always gentle. Only free run juice is fermented. After settling, the juice is fermented using a selected yeast culture. Fermentation is stopped on some of the wine, generally the batches with the highest acidity. The wine with lower sugar levels is left on the lees this adds a creamy texture to the wine. The wine is then blended, stabilized and prepared for bottling. 28% fermented in large oak oval fermenters.

Technical Data

Alc%  RS    pH    TA    Free
SO2   
Total
SO2   
12.4 8.7 3.14 7.4