The fruit for this wine was sourced entirely from our organic certified River Terrace vineyard in Brightwater, harvested on 14 April 2014 with a Brix level of 19.2º.
The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch pressed, juice oxidation was carefully avoided, and the clarified juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain primary fruit character. The ferment was allowed to retain just over 4 grams of residual sugar and a relatively low alcohol of 11% was achieved.
After ferment the wine was racked off the heavy lees and then allowed to mature on light lees for several months to add weight and complexity to the mid-palate, while preserving the fruit characters. The wine was finished and bottled in July 2014.
Residual sugar 4.3 g/l Titratable acidity 6.38 g/l pH 3.03 Alcohol 11%
The lovely delicate nose shows typical Riesling floral notes, plus layers of lemons and limes. The palate is delicate, light and linear with a sliver of front palate sweetness balancing nicely with the natural acidity. The typical Brightwater minerality plays its part in the backbone of the wine and adds length, finishing just off-dry. Expect this wine to mature gracefully and in 3 to 4 years to develop toasty and honeyed characters.
93/100, Sam Kim Wine Orbit, Jan 2015
“This is delightful, attractive and mouth-wateringly tasty. Lifted aromas of white stone fruit, lemon peel, floral and flint lead to a focused and concentrated palate that offers fine texture and excellent persistency. A lovely dry-style showing plenty of appeal and drinkability as well as ageability. At its best: now to 2020.”
4 stars, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines, 2015
“This wine typically matures well. The 2014 vintage is crisp and minerally, with good vigour and intensity of lemon/lime flavours, dry (4 grams/litre of residual sugar) and attractively scented.”
91/100 Bob Campbell Master of Wine Feb 2015
“Gently aromatic Riesling with a mix of floral, green apple and citrus aromas that continue onto the palate. Bright, pure wine in a dry but not austere style.”