Jordan Wines The Real McCoy Riesling is made from 100% Riesling. Weisser Riesling, as it is called in South Africa, is the true Riesling (“the Real McCoy”) with it origins in the Rhine Valley in Germany. A lot of South African Riesling is, or was, actually made from Crouchen which originated in France and is not related to Riesling – this is more commonly known as Cape Riesling.
Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. Gary’s parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992. Gary and Kathy’s philosophy is to combine the vineyards’ natural assets with innovative management, creating a profound expression of terroir. They produce distinctive wines displaying the ripe concentrated fruity accessibility of the New World, with the complex elegance of classic wine.
The grapes for the Jordan Wines The Real McCoy Riesling are harvested from 23 year old (Geisenheim clone 239) unirrigated vineyards in Stellenbosch Kloof, situated on decomposed granite soils, 300m above sea level. The vineyards for the riesling have cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, and are perfectly suited to the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties. After harvest the grapes are gently pressed and tank fermented at 15°C. Once the perfect balance between fruit and acidity was reached, the fermentation was stopped to retain a hint of natural residual sugar.