Few winemakers have dared plant Riesling in the Elgin valley.
Elegant - Mineral
Four stars in Platter's South African Wine Guide.
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In Elgin Valley, at the heart of the Western Cape (South Africa), he’s known as “the crazy young Belgian”. Koen Roose has lived and worked there since the end of the 2000s. He owes this name to his determination, not to say his stubbornness, because this winemaker opted right from the start not to follow the beaten track. He even deliberately goes against the flow, and we have discovered some real nuggets as a result. Spioenkop Wines – the name refers to a famous Boer War battle – produces around 30,000 bottles a year.
Only a few winemakers have dared to plant Riesling in the green Elgin valley. The cool climate is particularly suited to this distinguished grape originally from the Rhine valley that can produce elegant, mineral wines. Koen Roose harvests his Riesling by hand in 18-kilo crates and leaves them overnight at 3°C before stemming and pressing them gently. The fermentation is natural (no added yeast). Production is limited to 2,500 bottles.
Crystal-clear robe with green glints.
Very expressive, dominated by floral and fruity aromas. In a second phase, the nose reveals slight hints of hydrocarbons typical of this variety.
Clear and straight in the mouth, with marked minerality. Fine length.
Oysters and shellfish form the perfect pairing
|Dominant grape variety||Riesling|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||7-8 years|