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Theuniskraal Cape Riesling 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Andries Jordaan
Main Variety
Riesling
Appellation
Tulbagh
Alcohol
12.25 %vol
pH
3.26
RS
2.9 g/l
TA
6.0 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

2013 Veritas Wine Awards - Bronze

Tasting Notes

Colour: Brilliant with green hues and golden specks.
Bouquet: Green apples, guavas and nectarines with a floral background.
Taste: Fresh and crisp on the palate with nuances of green apple, guavas and nectarines.

Blend Information

100% Cape Riesling

Food Suggestions

Excellent on its own or served with salads, fish, poultry and pasta dishes as well as soft cheeses.

In The Vineyard


Vineyards (Viticulturists: Wagner and Andries Jordaan)
Theuniskraal comprises 350 ha with 130 ha under vine, mostly Cape Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are predominantly gravel and sandy loam.
 
The grapes for this wine were selected from south-facing vineyard blocks, planted between 1996 and 2002 and situated at an altitude of 240 meters above sea level. The trellised vines grow in stony and loamy soils and receive supplementary drip irrigation.

About The Harvest

The grapes were hand-harvested at 20° to 21° Balling from the middle to the end of February, mostly from pre-dawn to early morning.
Yield: 10t/ha

In The Cellar

Each vineyard block was individually vinified. The juice received no skin contact and was cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks at 14° C for a period of 14 to 21 days.

Other Vintages

Theuniskraal Cape Riesling 2015 Andries Jordaan Riesling
Theuniskraal Cape Riesling 2013 Andries Jordaan Riesling
Theuniskraal Cape Riesling 2012 Andries Jordaan Riesling
Theuniskraal Cape Riesling 2011 Andries Jordaan Riesling

Additional Information
Background
In the early 1700's, Theunis Bevernagie settled in a fertile valley guarded by the towering Witzenberg and Winterhoek mountains, and fed by the Klein Berg River. His name was to be enshrined in local wine lore for in 1927 Theuniskraal was bought by the Jordaan family, specifically for winemaking. In 1948, Andries Jordaan launched the estate's first Riesling - and a South African icon was born. Just two years later Theuniskraal Riesling took gold at the Commonwealth Wine Show against international competition.

Andries' sons, Kobus and Rennie continued the tradition of fine Riesling, extending plantings with other classic varieties, both white and red. Today their sons Andries and Wagner carry on the family's hands-on quality approach to winemaking.