Monday, January 31, 2011

Howard Booysen Wines Western Cape Riesling 2010 89+ Points

Howard Booysen Wines Western Cape Riesling 2010 89+ Points

Clear, bright pale straw with slight green reflections, low plus concentration, low plus viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean, very pure / crystalline, low intensity with notes of pineapple, mango, peach glace, apricot, lanolin and waxy, floral note of sweet pea flowers, and hints of terpene, very fine varietal definition with some clay / granite minerality, no wood.

Dry to off dry, high acidity for a South African Riesling, low plus alcohol, new flavours of nectarines, fresh lime, concentrated lime sherbet / cordial, medium plus complexity, medium plus length, lots of saturated clean pure fruit, persistent.

Impressive debut for Howard Booysen, this Western Cape blend Riesling is kind of a cross of Eden / Clare Valley / Rheingau, Trocken style, rather than the usual South African style, for now until 2019+

Served at 8 degrees Celsius with steamed whole Panga fish (SASSI green lists), fresh tofu, fresh oyster mushroom with leafy “Chinese” green medley and coriander.