When the Klein Karoo Wine Route invited me to their online tasting, I initially accepted the invitation but declined the wine. I wanted to learn more about the region, and knew that I already had quite a few of the wines. Except...I didn’t. I mean, how could I have ever thought Riesling was made in the Outeniqua Mountains in George?
A relatively pronounced nose of lime zest, honeysuckle, lemon candies, honey honey honey, sweet straw, and already starting to show whispers of petrol.
Dry, taught acidity, light bodied, and a medium finish that’s deliciously mineral with oyster shell and metallics.
Vini + Viti:
My biggest takeaway from the event was that the Klein Karoo offers a range of microclimates capable of producing anything from Syrah to Pinot, Sauv Blanc, Viognier and even Riesling. And yes, Herold Wines produce all of these and more.
Planted on loam on clay soils at between 650 and 700m in the mountains above George. Mountain mists, winter frost, snow, and south easterly winds all influence the vineyards. Spontaneous natural fermentation took two months to complete. This was their maiden vintage (and they did well!). Only 760 bottles were made.
The year is nearly over. So I feel confident in saying that this is the most surprising wine I’ve had all year. And one of the most exciting wines I’ve come across this year.