Avontuur Above Royalty 2000

A spectacular dessert wine, with rich apricot, honey flavours and peach pip undertones. It has a lingering finish of marmalade and hints of kumquat.

variety : Weisser Riesling [ 100% Weisser Riesling ]
winery : Avontuur Estate
winemaker : 
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 11.5 % vol  rs : 151 g/l  pH : 3.35  ta : 9 g/l  
type : Dessert   wooded
pack : Bottle  

4½ Stars John Platter 2004
The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2002 - Silver
The South African Trophy Wine Show 2002 - Silver
2001 Veritas - Gold Award
5 Stars John Platter 2002
Received four stars in the Wine Magazine

Meaning of Above Royalty name
Above Royalty was one of the leading broodmares from Zimbabwe that was brought down south by Mr Taberer to continue her breeding career here on Avontuur Estate. She was one of the first broodmares here on Avontuur and that is why we named our noble late harvest after her.
in the vineyard : Prepared from Weisser Riesling grapes, planted on the higher slopes of the farm.

about the harvest: The grapes were infected with the botrytis cinerea fungus. The grapes were harvested at 45º Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and all the mash was taken to the roto tanks for 36 hours skin contact. Pressed and the juice was allowed to settle for 48 hours at 8ºC and then taken straight to the barrels, fermented in French Oak and matured for nine months.

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