2021 Jordan Wines Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Jordan
Vintage 2021
Grape Riesling
Content (Alc) 0.375 ltr (12.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2030
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Jordan's South African dessert wine. Made from dried Riesling grapes. The Jordan Melifera is named after the Cape Honey Bee, Apis Mellifera Capensi. The Riesling vineyard is south facing, 280m above sea level and the age of the vines is 32 years. The utmost patience was needed to make this wine, with all day to press the raisins. The juice was boiled down in a stainless steel tank and fermented between 13 and 15 ° C using a specially selected yeast strain that can handle higher sugars. In the glass, the wine has a beautiful golden yellow color with both lime and riper tones such as apricot and spring blossom in the nose. In the mouth lush sweet, fresh acidity and some ripe aromas in the long but also fresh aftertaste.

Alc: 12.5%
Total acid: 9.2 g / l
pH: 3.72
Residual sugar: 116.1 g / l

Stellenbosch is South Africa's best known wine growing area, Stellenbosch has the most top domains and is surrounded by mountains (Helderberg and Simonsberg) and has vineyards in every direction. Stellenbosch has the only university in South Africa with a viticulture department. Even though two thirds of the vineyards are planted with white grapes, the realization is growing that Stellenbosch is destined for red wine.

2016 - 4½ stars in the 2018 Platter's South African Wine Guide
2014- 4½ stars in the 2017 Platter's South African Wine Guide
2013- 4½ stars in the 2015 Platter's South African Wine Guide

Vineyard for 2021 Jordan Wines Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling

Jordan Winery is professionally run by Gary and Kathy Jordan. Not only do they make excellent wines, Jordan's restaurant, bistro and guesthouses are also worth a visit.

Kathy and Gary Jordan, after both working abroad for two years, took over the domain purchased by Gary's parents in 1982 in 1992. Fortunately, Gary was already involved in the planting in the 1980s. Gary is a geologist and used his knowledge to analyze the terroir to ensure that each grape variety was planted in the right place. Today, Jordan benefits greatly from these choices. Their vines are now mature enough to provide fantastic complexity, while other producers are just beginning to plant the right vines in the right soil. Jordan is the only estate in Stellenbosch that has vineyards planted in every direction. It is a real family business where high quality wines have been made for years. They combine the ripe, concentrated and fruity accessibility of the New World and the complex structure of classic wines. The international appreciations are therefore enormous. For example, the flagship, the Nine Yards hardonnay, has already been named 'Best Chardonnay of the World' twice by the wine magazine Decanter and has also won the Proefschrift Wijnconcours. In 2014, even the 'regular' Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was crowned 'Best Chardonnay in the World' by Decanter! In addition, they also became South African 'Producer of the Year' at IWSC in 2014.

The wines from the Chameleon range have been produced by Jordan since 1993. With the proceeds of these wines, 4 research projects are currently being funded that focus their research on the Kaapse Dwerg Kameleon (Kaapse Dwerg Verkleurmannetjie in Afrikaans). The habitat of this small chameleon species is threatened by urbanization and intensive agriculture, causing more and more of the animal's natural habitat (fynbos) to disappear. By gaining more insight into the living pattern of these (hard to find) animals, it is hoped that they can be saved from extinction. The wines used for this range naturally have the quality one would expect from Gary and Cathy Jordan, but are especially made for the moments that call for wine for festive and relaxed moments; in other words, perfect for a braai with friends!

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Jordan
Grape Riesling
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.375 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine Yes
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Round, Steenfruit, Tropical fruit, Full, White fruit, Sweet
Drink moments Cadeau!, Met vrienden
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