Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling Special Late Harvest 2001

Brilliant green-gold. Massive nose: honeysuckle, honeycomb, beeswax. Grapefruit, honey and barley sugar-flavoured palate. Some raisins and apricots, too. Rich with good acid.

variety : Weisser Riesling [ 100% Weisser Riesling ]
winemaker : Andries Burger
wine of origin : Elgin
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 45.0 g/l  pH : 3.22  ta : 8.8 g/l  so2 : 145 mg/l  fso2 : 44 mg/l  
type : White  style : Semi Sweet  
pack : Bottle  

Four Stars in Wine Magazine – January 2000
Gold medal Wineland Magazine – March 2000
Silver medal Veritas 2000
Reserve class winner at Wine of the Month Club

ageing : Will age well. Enjoy for up to 5 years.

in the vineyard : Aspect: West
Hectares: 4.7
Planting date: 1987
Clone: 239
Rootstock: Paulsen 1103
Planting width: 2.5m by1.0m
Average production over 3 years: 5.4 tons/ha

South Easterly winds on the Cape Town side of Elgin blows cool moist air and many times rain into the Elgin/Grabouw valley. This cool moist weather results into the development of botrytis. Every year we have between 15 and 20 percent botrytis on the grapes.

about the harvest: The 2001 vintage was an exceptional year even after selectively picking twice for Noble Late Harvest grapes we still had more than 20% botrytis as well as raisins in the main crop.

The grapes were harvested from the 25 February – 15 March 2001 at 26,6º Balling, total acidity 10,8 g/l, pH 3,01.

in the cellar : The grapes were pressed, settled and then fermented with the yeast WE 372. Fermentation was stopped with a residual at sugar of 45g/l.

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