2017 Spioenkop, Riesling

Cape South Coast,South Africa,


Bottle size: 75cl,
  • GS-94
  • JR-85
  • PL-94
  • TA-95

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“A qualified industrial engineer, “”crazy Belgian”” Koen learned to make wine at L’Avenir before embarking with his wife Lore on the long search for their own farm. Historically an apple growing region Elgin is now regarded as a premium vine growing area.

300m above sea level, at Spioenkop cooling sea breezes funnel down the valley which prolongs the growing period. Slopes are steep so no tractor can operate and there are 7 different soil structures on the farm. Each cultivar is planted on a di

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CELLAR INFORMATION Grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and then destemmed and slightly crushed. Just 4 hours of skin-contact in a red fermenter and then immediately pressed in our stainless steel basket press. After 1 day of settlement, the juice fermented at 15°C during the whole month of March. Natural fermentation. VINEYARD INFORMATION Uniquely distinct Elgin Riesling from the impassioned Koen Roose. Hand-picked Weisser Riesling grown on west facing slopes of Table Mountain Sandstone – one of the coldest, blowiest places in South Africa.

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Greg Sherwood, JancisRobinson.com, Platter's, Tim Atkin


Tim Atkin 95

[Tim Atkin, 01/01/2023]

Greg Sherwood 94

You wouldn t expect cool climate Riesling to excel at Spioenkop like it does, but when you consider the higher altitude vineyards and close proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean, as well as the whole Elgin region being classified as second coolest on the Winkler climatic scale, then you begin to see how this temperamental grape has found a natural home in the valley. The 2017 Riesling is a beautifully aromatic expression brimming with notes of lime peel, honeysuckle, green apple, crunchy white peaches and delicate notes of kerosene and petrol rag over a limestone minerality. The palate shows a taut, powerful, exacting structure moulded around tart, crisp glassy lemon and lime acids but supported by a sleek mid-palate loaded with white peach, green apple, candied kumquats and crystalised green figs. Very Germanic in stature and expression, this wine must surely rank among the top Rieslings produced in South Africa. Drink now but absolutely no rush over the next 3 to 5+ years. – Greg Sherwood MW. [Greg Sherwood, 01/01/2023]

JancisRobinson.com 85

[Jancis Robinson, 01/01/2023]

Platter’s 94

[Platter’s, 01/01/2023]