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KLEIN CONSTANTIA - Riesling 2006

South African White Wine
KLEIN CONSTANTIA - Riesling 2006

Country of Origin

South Africa

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  • ABV12.8%
  • Grape TypeRiesling
  • Vintage2006

A very late vintage, similar in timing to 2004 but the harvest yielding riper fruit. Due to a very windy spring and dry but cool summer, berry size tended to be smaller and more concentrated than normal, with resultant lower yields.

Fresh gold-green in appearance, with a nose of candied fruit, tangerine zest, shot through with steely mineral characters.

The palate is marked by a firm acidic backbone which helps to rein in some of the floral, citris-like aromatics.

Needless to say the drop in quantity of this year's bottled wine is more than compensated by the wine's quality.

Half the volume underwent a spontaneous fermentation in old 500L puncheons whilst the other half was fermented in stainless steel tank with an inoculated yeast culture.

After 4 months maturation on fine yeast lees the wine was bottled under screwcap.

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