Spioenkop, Riesling, Elgin, South Africa, 2017
A qualified industrial engineer, “crazy Belgian” Koen learned to make wine with François Naudé at L’Avenir before embarking with his wife Lore on the long search for their own farm. Historically an apple growing region Elgin is now regarded as a premium vine growing area.
300m above sea level, at Spioenkop cooling sea breezes funnel down the valley which prolongs the growing period. Slopes are steep so no tractor can operate and there are 7 different soil structures on the farm. Each cultivar is planted on a different soil all of which are quite stony and make the vines work hard. Their first wines were bottled in 2010.
A celebratory nose of green limes with a whiff of salinity. A rapier sharp palate of limes and terrific bony skeletal texture. Its like sucking any other Elgin Riesling through marble. A bony, brittle delight with endless citrussy length.
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