Graham Beck CIWG Lightly Wooded Weisser Riesling 1998
By Christian Eedes, 9 April 2011
The Weisser Riesling 1998 is apparently the only white wine (other than bubbly) that Graham Beck cellarmaster and Cape Winemakers Guild member Pieter Ferreira has ever had on auction (the Guild previously known at the Cape Independent Winemakers Guild and the auction having run from 1985).
Tasted blind, there was plenty of developed character but also lime and pineapple and a certain richness provided by the oak. Initially, I wrongly assumed it was either a Chenin Blanc or a Chardonnay but once the variety was revealed, I knew to look out for some terpene aromas typical of the variety and flavours and they were there, however faintly. A fascinating oddity.