There were some 146ha of Riesling planted in South Africa at the end of 2017, down from 240ha in 2007 so it’s evidently not a growth category but in spite of that, the wines which are being made from it seem to show increased sophistication, the 2017 from Catherine Marshall a case in point.
From Elgin fruit, the nose shows pear, lime and green apple plus some petroleum-like character and spice. The palate is clean and fresh – not without weight thanks to an RS of 11.3g/l but there’s plenty of acidity to offset this. Alcohol: 12%. Price: R140 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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