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2011 Waimea Classic Riesling

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This medium style Riesling has aromas of citrus blossom tangled with honey suckle and mango. On the palate the residual sugar creates a silky texture which is balanced by minerality and a juicy crisp acidity.
Excellent fruit concentration and palate weight make it a stimulating aperitif or partner to aromatic summer dishes.

Harvest

The 2010-2011 summer had near-record warm temperatures averaging at least 1.2°C above average for the Nelson region. More northwest winds than normal contributed to the warm temperatures and these provided a few deluges that kept both vineyard and winery staff on their toes. Fruit was monitored hourly for optimum picking conditions and the winery was operating 24 hours a day seven days a week. These warmer  temperatures, and our vigilance in the vineyard and the winery, enabled us to pick fruit in both great condition and physiologically ripe.

Winemaking

Harvested very early morning and icy cold the fruit for this Riesling came from our Hunter Block. Once at the winery the grapes were processed to the press and the press cycles carefully watched to separate out the free run and light pressings from the heavier more phenolic
pressings. The press cut was made when the extractionof flavour was good and just light dusty phenloics were beginning to show in the juice. We hoped to maintain the fresh aromatics typical to Riesling but also create a delicate phenolic structure to the wine.
Once cold settled the clean (low grape solids) juice was racked and inoculated with a German yeast strain chosen for its ability to enhance Riesling varietal characters. The ensuing cool ferment stretched over an extended period to maximise aromatics. When the acid and sugar  levels were deemed in balance, the ferment was stopped by cooling. The wine was then steadily prepared for bottling with no further winemaking intervention in the hope to capture the pure primary fruit notes.

Tasting Notes

This medium style Riesling has aromas of citrus blossom tangled with honey suckle and mango. On the palate the residual sugar creates a silky texture which is balanced by minerality and a juicy crisp acidity.
Excellent fruit concentration and palate weight make it a stimulating aperitif or partner to aromatic summer dishes.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12.5%
Acidity: 6.6g/L
pH: 3.11
Res Sugar: 12.6g/L
EAN: 9419589000379

Wine Reviews

Raymond Chan *****
Fruit from the ‘Hunter' block, cool-fermented to 12.2% alc. and 16 g/L rs. Very pale straw colour with slight green hues, the bouquet is very finely proportioned with lifted and penetrating aromatics, showing piquant lime and citrus fruit notes along with honey and exotic elements. Off-dry to taste, this is a wine of refinement and elegance, the fruit flavours of limes and honeysuckle lifted and light, but with noticeable tightness and concentration, and driven by the very fine-textured core. The palate has lively, lacy acidity that is slippery in mouthfeel and the wine has a very long, sustained finish. This will develop greater interest over the next 4-5 years easily.

 

 

Awards

  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit
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