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Saurwein ‘Chi’ Riesling 2021

R210.00

Grape origin:
60% of the blend’s fruit comes from Casey’s Ridge Vineyard, Elgin on loamy and very rocky red slate soils. (Riesling clones WR110F and vineyard was planted 2011.)
The other 40% of the blend De Rust Vineyard, Elgin on decomposed Bokkeveld Shale.
(Riesling clones 110 & 239 and vineyard was planted 2006.)
Vintage 2021:
2021 was a good vintage with a long cool late ripening
Keywords for this vintage: mid palate fullness, terpene aromas
Winemaking:
Grapes were hand-picked, cooled, then hand-sorted, destemmed and pressed. Spontaneous fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, which lasted about 6 weeks until optimal residual sugar balance achieved at about 12 g/ l. The wine was prepared for bottling and bottled after 3 months in tank and released after another 3 months in bottle.
Experience:
Fragrant citrus blossom, green melon, Yellow stone fruits, white pear, ginger, Pina colada, honey suckle, flint, cool earth
The story:
Chi means “life force” and Chi stands for CHIUTA (an African rain god). Situated in the fertile Elgin valley, the picturesque vineyard site inspired the creation of this crisp, handcrafted Riesling.
Technicalities: Residual Sugar: 11,5 g/l Total acidity: 7,2 g/l Alcohol: 11,5%
May the “Chi” be with you!

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Steeped in the history of 17th-century winemaking, Jessica’s forefathers made “sour” wine for the Emperor of Austria. It became her vocation to redeem her family’s reputation in wine and so after a gap year working locally and internationally in vineyards, she completed a BSc Oenology and Viticulture degree at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She started Saurwein part-time in 2015. When she had a baby in October 2017 she resigned from her job to become a mother and full-time winemaker for her own brand. Today she focusses on handcrafting her two favourite cultivars, Pinot noir and Riesling, and makes three wines under the Saurwein brand name, two Pinot noirs and one Riesling.

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