Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2010

The bright, golden hue perfectly reflects the aromas evident on the nose. These include apricot tart tatin, dried mangoes and pineapples, with hints of cinnamon, honeysuckle and peach blossom. On the palate, there is a citrus freshness that is Clementine-like. The clean finish makes it a highly pleasant after dinner drink.

Great with desserts, but also great as a dessert on its own. Works well with cheese and is excellent with foie gras.

variety : Riesling [ 100% Riesling ]
winemaker : Andries Burger
wine of origin : Elgin, South Africa
analysis : alc : 10.59 % vol  rs : 156 g/l  pH : 3.11  ta : 10.1 g/l  
type : Dessert  style : Sweet  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

Recent accolades and recognition

Decanter 2009: 
Regional Trophy
International Wine Challenge 2009: Silver medal
Just Riesling 2009: Winner in the category

Daily Telegraph November 2009. Jonathan Ray includes the Noble late harvest in "10 of the best South African wines". "I've long been a fan of the estate's Pinot noir and their classy Gewurztraminer. This is a corker too”

Mail & Gaurdian November 2009. Tim Atkin rates the Noble late harvest as one of his top 12 sweet wines. Described as "...lovely fruit flavours and remarkable complexity, elegance and palate length."
in the vineyard : Currently there is only one block of Riesling i.e. Weisser Riesling on the estate. It covers 4.64 hectares, which equates to 5% of the total plantings of Paul Cluver Wines. The vines were planted in 1987, making them 22 years old for this vintage. The soil varies across the block and is composed of a 'ferricrete' top layer (surficial sand and gravel masses) on decomposed Bokkeveld Shale and/or light clay. Vine orientation is East/West on North west facing slopes with an average gradient of 1:7. Height above sea level is 280 to 300 meters.

about the harvest: The tightness of the Riesling bunches make it susceptible to rot. Since late summer rain was limited this year, rot was largely Botrytis rather than sour rot. Bunch sorting in the vineyard was relatively easy compared to the previous vintage. Harvest started 24 March and ended 25 March. Grapes came in at 42° Brix.

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