Klein Constantia Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2006
By Christian Eedes, 25 June 2011
Bring out Noble Lat Harvest and the end of a meal, and I find that many people baulk at the thick texture and super-high sugar. Last night, the Klein Constantia Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2006 though flavour-packed proved surprisingly light and the bottle disappeared all too quickly.
A once-off, production involved a combination of sun-dried and botrytised grapes. At peak ripeness two canes per vine were cut and left to hang in the vineyard, the bunches left to dry slowly. The juice obtained from these ‘cane-cut’ bunches was then combined with that from botrytised bunches sourced from the same vineyard before undergoing spontaneous fermentation in 500-litre barrels and left to mature for 16 months before being bottled. Rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2009.
Alc 8.76%, RS 241.2g/l, TA 8.4g/l, pH 3.28