Catherine Marshall Red Slate Riesling 2019


Lightly peachy aromas promise an easy charm, which 2019 delivers with grippy freshness & sweet-edged tartness. Almost too restrained. 11.5% alcohol a bit down on last-tasted 2017. 4.5 stars, 87 pts. Tim James – Platter’s Guide

Exudes sweet yet persistent, bright, fresh limes, crisp apples and white flower perfume. The brisk acidity is well balanced and supported by expressive fruit with spicy undertones.


Riesling grapes are perfectly suited to cold climates and is known as an “Eskimo” variety. Since Elgin has cool daytime climate and cold nights during the growing season, it is perfectly suited to produce a Cape version of the famous German “Mosel” style.


Vineyards are grown on south east facing slopes in the Kogelberg Biosphere which is rich in plant diversity besides vineyards. The soils are red slate (typical of the German Mosel region). Clonal type Riesling includes WR239Z on Red Slate soils and are vertically shoot positioned on a double cordon-arm that are spur pruned.


Clusters were handpicked at 19.40 Balling into lug baskets and hand sorted on a sorting table. After pressing, the must was settled for two days and decanted off the solids where it was inoculated with a commercial yeast strain suited to this variety. It fermented cold (140Celsius) for 26 days until it reached the residual sugar required for sweetness to balance the acidity. The final wine was fined and lightly filtered to bottle.

The wine was released in May 2019 . Secondary characteristics underlying limes and flowers include a tinge of lamp oil which enhances the overall texture and typical character of the wine. Under optimal cellaring conditions, the wine will age comfortably for 10 years.


Shellfish, Salmon, Sushi. Most vegan and Asian styled fare.


Alcohol: 11.5%
Acidity: 7.2g/l
pH: 2.92
Residual Sugar: 6.4 g/l
Total Extract: 23.2g/l


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