Marlborough Single Vineyard Riesling 2016

Marlborough Single Vineyard Riesling 2016

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Marlborough Single Vineyard Riesling 2016

NZ$118.50 incl. GST incl. GST was $19.75 per bottle

Tasting notes

A pale, bright and vibrant golden green in the glass, this lively single vineyard wine displays aromas of fresh lime, elderflower and orange blossom. On the palate the flavours of white peach, citrus and lemongrass flavours are balanced with bright natural acidity and characteristic minerality; leading to a crisp and juicy finish. Fresh, clean and fruit-forward in its youth, this wine will continue to develop over the years with careful cellaring.

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Winemaking

A small parcel of carefully hand-picked grapes were pressed as soon as they arrived at the winery using our modern membrane press. The resulting clear free-run juice was then transferred directly to stainless steel tanks, while the harder pressings were allowed to gently oxidise in order to soften harsh phenolics - before being transferred in with the
free-run for fermentation. The ferment was carried out using a specialist Riesling yeast at cool temperatures to capture aromatics and freshness.
Once the right balance of alcohol and sweetness had been reached the wine was racked off yeast lees and left in tank for to two months allowing flavour compounds to develop and integrate. To ready the wine for bottling it was stabilised and filtered (without fining). After this stage the wine was protein and cold stabilised before being cross-flow filtered without fining, ready to be bottled early with ample bright freshness in late June.

Viticulture

The grapes for this wine were grown on a single block located on our upper Awatere Valley vineyard. The 2015/2016 growing season began with a warm October with very little frost pressure and an even budburst throughout the Riesling block.
A cooler, dry November that moved into a very dry December resulted in some irrigation pressure in the vineyard; however it also meant an excellent flowering period in the vines.
January received a large rainfall event that relieved the pressure of the dryness from the previous months. Warm temperatures in in the late summer resulted in a great season for fruit development and ripening, with the harvest period characterised by warm nights and generally excellent picking conditions.

Analysis

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 12%

pH: 2.88

T/A: 8.8 g/L

R.S: 9.1 g/L