Raiha Reserve Limited Release Noble Riesling 2015

Raiha Reserve Limited Release Noble Riesling 2015

Raiha Reserve Limited Release Noble Riesling 2015

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Tasting notes

A brilliant gold hue in the glass, this single vineyard Noble Riesling displays luscious botrytis aromas of honey and ripe apricot, with underlying notes of biscuit and toffee brittle. Generous and mouth-filling, the palate bursts forward with abundant sweetness balanced with bright citrus flavours of sweet orange, lemon meringue, and dried orchard fruits. Concentrated, rich and viscous, this wine seamlessly leads to a long, smooth and persistent finish.

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Our Reserve Range each named in honour of an elder from the Māori owners of Tohu, Wakatū Incorporation, a collective comprised of four iwi (tribes) from the top of the South Island; Raiha was one of our respected kuia. 

 

Winemaking

Late harvest grapes infected with the ‘noble rot’ botrytis, were carefully hand-harvested before being slowly and gently pressed for over 12 hours to obtain limited amounts of sweet, syrup-like juice. Left to naturally cold settle over period of around 10 days, the resulting clear juice was then racked into a stainless steel tank for fermentation.  Inoculated with specially selected yeasts that naturally adapt to a high-sugar environment, the wine fermented slowly over the next four weeks and was carefully monitored over this time until the right balance of alcohol, sugar and acid had been reached. Once at this point the ferment was stopped by cooling and left to settle before being racked and stabilised. Aged in tank for two months, this wine was given time to developed further complexities before being bottled in late August without fining.

Viticulture

The grapes for this wine were exclusively sourced from our vineyard in the upper reaches of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The 2014/2015 growing season started with cool, wet conditions that reduced overall yields in the vineyard. The dry, sunny, yet cool summer that followed provided the perfect ripen conditions in the Riesling block. Autumn rains promoted the development of botrytis in the grapes, while the fine weather that followed allowed the grapes to dry out and sugar levels to concentrate. The very distinctive raisined, black grapes were hand-harvested on the 19th of May with levels of botrytis varying from bunch to bunch. The small amount of whole, unshrivelled  berries remaining provided just enough juice to aid processing and pressing in the winery.

Analysis

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 11%

pH: 3.15

T/A: 8.6 g/l

R.S: 168 g/l