Jancis Robinson, the well-known and respected British Wine Writer, says in her book Jancis Robinson’s Wine Tasting Work Book, that Riesling is ‘the greatest white wine grape.’ The De Wet’s of De Wetshof in the beautiful Robertson Wine Appellation know of Riesling, De Wetshof Riesling 2013. Danie, the pater familias, studied viticulture and cellar technology at Geisenheim, the famous German wine institute. The Estate produces fine Chardonnays, MCC sparkling wines and some stunning reds.
The Riesling Vineyards are harvested early in the morning. Once in the cellar the grapes are destalked, pressed without skin contact and then settled. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a low 16 – 18°C until dry. After fermentation, the young wine is cleaned up and allowed a period of rest before bottling.
I feel I should explain that this Riesling is the real German Riesling. It was referred to as either Weisser Riesling or Rhine Riesling to the very different so-called Cape Riesling, which is an inferior French grape called Crouchen Blanc, mistakenly identified as Riesling in the early days of the Cape Wine Industry.
It looks like
Bottled with a natural cork closure in a bottle called an Alsatian Flute. Elegant De Wetshof livery. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with green flashes.
It smells like
Soft stone fruits and a smell of sweet turpentine, distinctive and very pleasant.
It tastes like
Riesling has wonderful bright fruit, some white fleshed peach. The wine has a a fabulous soft fruity acidity and brilliant minerality. Known as ‘halbtrocken’ it is off dry and is made for food.
It’s good with
I think that Riesling is best suited to Asian and South American dishes like sushi, sashimi and ceviche. Mild Thai curries, seared tuna with sesame seeds. Smoked Salmon and a tranche of crispy beer battered Hake and chips!
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