limited stock Paul Cluver

Close Encounter

standard courier: 3 working days

pc_ce_16

Sold by: Paul Cluver

R 110

Ready to ship   available X 48 Sold only in multiples of 6 Bottles

750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

100% Riesling

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

91 Points - Robert Parker 92 Points - Decanter 92 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

9.44% alc vol Sugar g/l: 37.9
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs
Origin: Elgin Appellation: Elgin

Tasting Notes:

Wonderfully fragrant – concentrated fruit and floral notes. Lots of mango, orange and frangipangi with sweet melon and pineapple freshness. Lovely lime and lemongrass finish.

Frangipani
Frangipani

Mango
Mango

Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom

Pineapple
Pineapple

At at time when Riesling was a particularly difficult wine to sell, it was considered to pull out all the Riesling vineyards, luckily we did not. Since then, there has been a renewed interest world wide in this noble grape variety, and 8.2 hectares of new Riesling vineyards have been planted. We currently have a total of 12.9 hectare of Riesling i.e. Weisser Riesling planted on the estate – making us the biggest single Riesling grower in South Africa. The oldest vines were planted in 1987 – the most recent in 2006. The soil is predominantly Bokkeveld Shale and or light clay with a ‘ferricrete’ top layer (surficial sand and gravel masses). Vine orientation is East/West on North west and South facing slopes with an average gradient of 1:7. Height above sea level is 300 – 400 meters.

2016 was very dry season but not warm,with very cool night temperatures. Harvesting of grapes took place at night – starting at Ten O’clock in the evening. Due to the dry summer, harvesting was quite early, starting on the 18th of February and finishing the 2nd of March.

In addition to vineyard sorting, a second stage of bunch and berry sorting occurs at the cellar to eliminate all traces of rot. Skin contact prior to fermentation is done to extract flavor and reduce acidity – duration varies. This year it was for 9 hours. Pressing is always gentle. Only free run juice is fermented. After settling, the juice is fermented. This particular Riesling was made using a yeast strain known for slow, cool fermentation.

Fermentation was stopped at the desired sugar level after which the wine was racked, stabilized and prepared for bottling.

Food pairing

Quite a versatile wine and a welcome alternative for the Sauvignon blanc- and Chardonnay- weary palates. Works well with spicy food and is great with sushi. Carpaccio and beef tartar are interesting partners too.

Beef Charcuterie Salmon Spicy Food
 Selected for you 
 BEST sellers 

Reviews

0 Ratings

To rate this wine, please login

Top Comments

We recommend

HOW CAN WE ASSIST?

Port2Port is a fine wine marketplace and online wine shop; offering a vast selection of the best wines available, including rare vintages, special cases and fine spirits. Once you place your order online, we ship directly from the source, ensuring optimum cellaring conditions and guaranteed provenance.


For any order-related, product-listing or general enquiries, please feel free to contact us at 021-422-1872, e-mail help@port2port.wine or select the live chat tab in the bottom-right corner of your screen to speak directly to one of our consultants.

Wine-Searcher - Gold 2017 - Gold 2018

Port2Port Wine News

Sign-up to receive our Newsletter and join the great wine debate.