Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling 2002

This wine show typical varietal flavours, lots of spice and floral tones with hints of dried apricot on the nose. The palate is full and rich with a long lingering after taste.


variety : Weisser Riesling | 100% Weisser Riesling
winemaker : Andries Burger
wine of origin : Elgin
analysis : alc : 12.8 % vol  rs : 5.9 g/l  pH : 3.18  ta : 6.6 g/l  so2 : 82 mg/l  fso2 : 41 mg/l  
type : White  

AWARDS
1998 - Gold medal winner and Class Winner at the 1998 Young Wine Show
1998 - Rated as Top Riesling at Wine of the Month Club in Feb’1999
1997 - Rated as Top Riesling at Oaks Wine Club in Dec’98
1991-1993 - Double Gold medals at the Veritas awards

ageing : This wine can be enjoyed now with slightly spicy food or cellared for a further 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 often 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 some botrytis in the Riesling vineyard. This not only allow us to make some great desert wine but also add complexity to our Riesling.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on the 27 February 2002 at 22.1º Balling, total Acidity 7.4 g/l and pH 3.22.

in the cellar : Due to the botrytis a careful selection were made to ensure that we harvest healthy grapes with no more than 10 – 15% botrytis. After a 6-hour skin contact period the grapes were pressed, settled and then fermented with the yeast WE 372. Fermentation was stopped with a residual at sugar of 6 g/l.

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