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2015 Waimea Classic Riesling

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Our Classic Riesling is made in an enduring style; steadfast aromatics, just off-dry with crisp acidity, fine phenolics and a stony minerality typical of fruit from the plains.

Harvest

Harvest 2015 was notable across the country for a smaller crop than previous seasons. Just as the growing season got off to a slow start so did the start of harvest. The upshot of the above conditions, and hence the smaller crop, being that we were rewarded with intensely flavoursome fruit.

 

Winemaking

The fruit for our Classic Riesling 2015 was harvested on the 6th of April from our Hunter and Annabrook vineyards, both on the stony Waimea Plains. The Riesling was first up in the morning and arrived at the winery very early and very cold.

Once at the winery the parcels of grapes were processed to the press and the 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 extraction of flavour was good and just light dusty phenolics 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. The hard press component was treated separately but then returned to the bulk of the juice as it was intensely flavoursome.

The clarified juices were racked to their ferment tanks and inoculated with a German yeast strain chosen for its ability to enhance and maintain the purity of fruit characters in Riesling. The ensuing cool ferments were arrested when a moreish level of sugar still remained but was well balanced by the acidity. The wines then spent a short time on fine lees before blending and finishing for bottling.

 

Tasting Note

Our Classic Riesling is made in an enduring style; steadfast aromatics, just off-dry with crisp acidity, fine phenolics and a stony minerality typical of fruit from the plains. The 2015 is brimming with floral, lime and white honey aromas. These flavours run through the palate which is drawn out to a long finish by the scrumptious texture and lip-smacking acidity. A congenial lunchtime wine, stimulating aperitif or lively dinner companion - try with sticky pork ribs.

Accolades

  •  Pure Silver - Bragato Wine Awards 2016
  • Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
  • Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
  • 5 stars and 93/100 - Wine Orbit

Technical Details

Varietal:              100% Riesling

Alcohol:              11.5%

Acidity:                8.2 g/L

pH:                      2.89

Residual Sugar:   12.5 g/L

EAN:                   9419589000379

Awards

  • Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
  • Pure Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
  • Pure Silver - Bragato Wine Awards 2016
  • Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
  • 5 Stars - Wine Orbit
  • 5 Stars - Raymond Chan



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