Saurwein Chi Riesling 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
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'Chi means 'life force' and Chi stands for Chiuta (an African rain god). Situated in the fertile Elgin valley, the picturesque vineyard site inspired the creation of this crisp, handcrafted Riesling.' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
'The new 2020 Chi Riesling from Jessica Saurwein is just a fabulous expression of this Germanic variety. I don’t know whether it’s Jessica’s own Germanic roots that have helped her find a closer affinity with this grape or perhaps just her deft female winemaking touch? Either way, this wine is a real cracker, bursting with energy and electricity and the crystalline purity of artic ice. The nose is delicately fruity with complex notes of citrus blossom, green apple, dry bitter lemon, white peach, grey slate and delicate dried herbs with just the faintest hints of lemon sherbet and rock candy. The palate is chiselled and precise with a tart lime peel zest, a saline line of acidity but also a juicy, mouth-filling breadth that is elegantly dry but also incredibly stimulating. This 2020 shows an extra level of fruit intensity and concentration on the previous 2019 and 2018 expressions and a focused spine of acidity that should help this delicious wine age effortlessly for 8 to 10+ years without a question. So it’s onwards and upwards for Jessica Saurwein and her exceptional range of wines.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93+/100

'Spontaneous fermentation took place in tank and lasted about six weeks until optimal balance between sugar and acidity was achieved (RS is 7,8g/l and TA is 7,0g/l). The 2020 currently comes across as rather primary with pretty aromatics of orchard blossom, peach and green apple plus a little reduction while the palate has plenty of juicy fruit and seems a little plumper than its predecessors. It’s easy enough to like now but six to 12 months in bottle should see it come into its own.' – Christian Eedes,, 91/100

'The 2020 Riesling Saurwein Chi comes from two vineyards blended together and underwent two months of fermentation to obtain the desired residual sugar level. It has a pretty bouquet of light tropical scents of white peach and apricot, touches of chamomile emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, not overly complex but pretty and actually reminiscent of a fine Clare Valley Riesling that should age well in bottle. Drink 2023-2033.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 90/100 (Apr 2021)

'Fragrant orange blossom, green melon, lime, yellow stone fruits, pina colada, honey suckle and flint' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Jessica Saurwein
Alcohol 12.3%
Blend information 100% Riesling
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Riesling
Rating GS 93+
Technical analysis RS: 7.8 g/L | TA: 7.0 g/L
Producer information Winemaker Jessica Saurwein followed in her family's winemaking footsteps by creating her own wine brand, Saurwein. Her family's winemaking history dates back to the 17th century, where her ancestors made 'sour' wine for the Emperor of Austria. Jessica focuses on Pinot Noir and Riesling, producing 3 different wines under her label. One wine produced from the Elandskloof Valley, one from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region, and one from the Elgin Valley.
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