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Neethlingshof

The Maria – Noble

Late Harvest

The Maria’s grapes come from Neethlingshof’s Weisser on the Hill and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, exposed to the cooling mists of False Bay, which help to create the appropriate set of conditions under which botrytis cinerea (noble rot) can flourish to produce grapes of concentrated intensity.

The grapes were picked from south-facing dryland vines planted in 1991 and 1992 in deep, red soils and situated 140 to 170 metres above sea level. The grapes were hand-picked at 40° to 44° Balling in April. The juice was fermented at 13° to 14°C over 18 days with just 24 hours’ skin contact. No malolactic fermentation was allowed. The blend comprises 76% Weisser Riesling and 24% Sauvignon Blanc.

Concentrated fruit cake with honey and marmalade and a good sugar acid balance with a fresh, fruity palate

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