Red Slate Dry Riesling, Dr Loosen
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Grape VarietyA blend to reflect the vineyard
StyleFull Bodied & Rich
Wines from the Waterkloof Estate emphasise restraint, elegance and a strong mineral character due to the vineyards’ exposed position on the upper slopes of the famed Schaapenberg Mountain. High above False Bay the Waterkloof vineyards face directly onto the Atlantic Ocean at the southern limit of the Stellenbosch wine region. This very special site with its strong maritime influence, steep aspect and unique soil profile allows for the production of truly fine wines.
Werner Engelbrecht (winemaker) has a hands "nearly off’ mantra, the grapes were whole-bunch pressed in Waterkloof’s new gravitational cellar and fermentation was allowed to occur naturally relying solely on wild yeasts. The wines making up the blend were vinified separately and aged on their primary lees for ten months prior to blending. Some of the components were aged in oak, adding luscious richness and finesse to the wine. This elegant blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is an all-embracing reflection – almost a description by taste – of the estate’s defining sense of origin with its singular variations in soils, terrain and climatic conditions.
On appearance this wine shows an alluring green tinge, revealing delicate flavours of melon and hints of tropical fruit. The tension between the tight mineral core and creamy middle pallet allows for great complexity and a persistent finish.
2011 Vintage: Voted 'Best White Wine' of LIWF 2012, by The Wine Gang