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2010 Waimea Edel

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An amazing array of aromas, ranging from orange essence, cinnamon spice, distinctly floral notes of jasmine and frangipani, and hints of peach, leap out from the glass, while on the palate refreshing zesty flavours mingle with a fruity sweet entry, and finishes pleasantly dry.
The intensity of flavour, lightly textured palate, sweet entry, but balanced dry finish make for a generous, intriguing wine.
with good length and character. This bold wine can be
creatively matched with many foods, particularly Asian
dishes, or simply enjoyed lightly chilled as an aperitif.

Harvest

The 2010 growing season was cool to start, this natural fruit thinning keeping yields down. Anticyclones hovering over the southern Tasman Sea and central New Zealand brought settled sunny weather with warmer and drier conditions than normal for March and April. This weather, combined with lower yields, meant that gorgeous fruit - free from disease and with intense beautifully ripe flavours was delivered to the winery. No weather pressure meant our vineyard blocks were harvested at our leisure and the mood about the winery was very buoyant!
Inspiration for this wine comes from Alsace, where Edelzwicker is a blend of the aromatic varietals. Our ‘Edel’ is a blend of Riesling (47%), Pinot Gris (41%) and Gewürztraminer (12%). With the spicy aromatics of Gewurz, the texture of Pinot Gris and the fresh acidity of Riesling, the resultant blend is full of intrigue and delight!

All the Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes for this special wine were grown on the lighter stony alluvial soils of the Waimea Plains, while the Gewürztraminer was grown on the heavier clay-based soils of Ruby Bay. The fruit was harvested in early April.

Winemaking

Once at the winery, the grapes were gently pressed, thus minimising extraction of harsh phenolics, and drained to stainless steel fermenting vats. Carefully racked, the very clear juice was fermented cool with a specially-selected Alsatian yeast strain, helping to capture aromatic freshness.

At the end of the ferment, the wine was matured on its lees for several weeks to subtly enhance the textural component of the wine’s palate. The wine was then racked off its gross lees and lightly fined before crossflow filtration and bottling in July.

Tasting Note

An amazing array of aromas, ranging from orange essence, cinnamon spice, distinctly floral notes of jasmine and frangipani, and hints of peach, leap out from the glass, while on the palate refreshing zesty flavours mingle with a fruity sweet entry, and finishes pleasantly dry.
The intensity of flavour, lightly textured palate, sweet entry, but balanced dry finish make for a generous, intriguing wine.

Technical Details

Varietal: 47% Riesling
              41% Pinot Gris
              12% Gewürztraminer
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.6g/L
pH: 3.7
Res Sugar: 7.7g/L
EAN: 9419589001697

Wine Reviews

Wine Orbit ****1/2
This is a great drink. Aromatic and gently fruit with ripe peach, citrus and subtle spice notes on the nose. The palate is well expressed with a rounded mouthfeel and a lingering juicy finish. At its best: now to 2013.

Nick Stock - The Good Wine Guide 90/100
Another blend of three Alsatian varieties, this is Riesling (47%), pinot gris (41%) and gewürztraminer (12%), and they all work very much in harmony with each other. Aromas are in the tropical, stone fruit and citrus mix, with hints of rose petal fragrance, and the palate has smooth texture and gently builds weight as it goes.

Awards

  • Pure Silver - Bragato Wine Awards 2012
  • Silver - International Aromatics Competition 2011
  • 4 Stars - Raymond Chan
  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit
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