I’m always happy to gush over Cederberg wines...and even happier to chat about rare grapes.
A cross between Sylvaner and Trollinger believed to have been developed in Germany in the 19th century, Bukettraube is quite the rare grape with only 77 hectares planted worldwide. This well priced wine is easily available at nearly all our wine stores. Which makes sense when I learned that we have the most plantings in SA. It is also found in small quantities in Germany, Alsace, Spain and Zimbabwe.
Pale lemon in appearance, with pronounced aromas of honeysuckle florals, apricots, peach, mango and honey. Off dry, medium+ acidity with a medium body. The palate really shows off all the tropicals adding pineapple and litchi to the mix...along with dried apricot.
If you were into food and wine pairings, it just screams ‘drink me with spicy seafood’. I’d imagine this late ripening grape would lend itself really well to making sweet dessert wines...and so perhaps it could pair rather well with apple or stonefruit pies.
Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (½) = A good wine
Drink now, not suitable for further ageing.
I’m always happy to gush over Cederberg wines, and I just found out that one of my faves in the wine industry has joined the team. I couldn’t be more happier about this. If anything, it’s an excuse to drink even more of Cederberg’s delicious range of exceptional wines.