“C” grape entries

Cape Riesling

A relatively little known grape that is not related in any way to Riesling, but actually an ancient French varietal called Crouchen. In the 1800s it made its way to Clare Valley, Australia where it was confused for Semillon, but called Riesling. Confusing, huh? The name started to stick and "Clare Riesling" turned into "Cape Riesling." Today it is found more often in South Africa where it can be called Riesling (the true Riesling is called White Riesling) though it is used mainly to add aromatics to blended wines. It has light aromas and flavors of citrus, fresh cut grass and golden apples, all of which can benefit from bottle aging. Due to fungal disease the Crouchen is no longer found in France.

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