“a 'serious' style with excellent delicacy, ripeness and richness" - Winestate, July 2011
This pale lemon wine is a dry style Riesling with citrus intensity. It presents an expressive nose of lemon flower and zest, closely followed by apricot aromas. The palate offers linear acidity wrapped with stone fruit and tied together by textural phenolics, leading into a dry, lingering finish. The flavours should develop and integrate even further with careful cellaring for three to five years.
Our Riesling is grown on a small block on the northeast corner of our Bouldevines vineyard. Here, the hoop-caned vertical shoot positioned canopy ensures small, even crops. The vines receive a light leaf plucking through the fruit zone after bunch closure and a second around veraison to ensure that the canopy and fruit stay as clean and dry as possible. The 2010 Marlborough vintage was very long, allowing our fruit to ripen slowly and completely. The fruit was finally harvested at the end of April. The small berries and bunches showed no signs of botrytis, though the long ripening created the beginnings of an appealing late harvest character.
The fruit was destemmed and gently pressed and cold settled. The resulting clear juice was then inoculated with yeast and brought down to 11°C. We allowed the fermentation to stop naturally, creating an almost completely dry wine. It was then given four months on lees to soften and round out the flavours.
Brix at harvest: 22.5°
Total Acidity: 7.4 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
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