KLEIN CONSTANTIA - Riesling 2006South African White Wine
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.