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WINES

Riesling

Riesling’s spiritual home is the Rhine Valley in Germany.  Today, it has emerged as one of the most collectible white wines among top connoisseurs around the world.  Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying primary fruit aromas of orchard fruits like nectarine, apricot, honey-crisp apple, and pear.  Often you will detect things like honeycomb, jasmine, or lime peel.  Superb as an aperitif, Riesling also pairs well with richer foods.



Tasting Notes

Lifted aromas of citrus, elderflower and golden apple. Refreshing and crisp with flavours of white peach and lemon sorbet balanced by fine acidity and a touch of residual sweetness.

Vintage Overview

Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period, the region experienced less than perfect flowering conditions which resulted in a lower-than-average potential yield. Balance of yield to canopy health was excellent. January, February, and March produced some of the driest months ever recorded with picking beginning in the last week of February and concluding in the last week of March culminating in one of the earliest vintages in the region and also one of the most exceptional harvests we have seen. The warm fine weather through the late summer provided exceptionally clean and healthy fruit, creating the a riper spectrum of tropical fruit flavours, this provided the winemakers with an extensive array of complimentary blending components from which to assemble some fantastic wines. The resulting wines from the 2021 vintage have wonderful fruit concentration aromatic power and defining elegance which are all hallmarks of this outstanding vintage. The elegance and poise seen from the 2021 wines will truly make this one of the most celebrated years for some time.

Vinification

A single vineyard wine from our Winery Block vineyard, these grapes were harvested in the cool hours of the morning, Hand-picked and gently whole bunch pressed using only free run juice and fermented in stainless steel vessels. Once the desired sugar and acid balance was achieved in the wine it was chilled to arrest fermentation. The wine was then left on light lees to gain extra complexity and weight.

Flavour Profile

  • Lemon

  • Citrus

  • Floral

  • White peach

Technical Data

  • Alc

    9.8%

  • TA

    9.6 g/L

  • pH

    2.86

  • RS

    34 g/L

Harvested 15th - 27th March 2021

Vineyard Composition

Regional Overview

The Wairau Valley is one of three zones – along with the Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley – which make up the heartland of New Zealand's Marlborough wine region. It accounts for approximately 45 percent of plantings within the wider region. An extensive patchwork of vineyards surrounds the town of Blenheim in the north-eastern corner of the South Island, near where the Wairau River meets the Pacific Ocean.

The Wairau Valley is a wide river valley that follows the Wairau River from the Spenser Mountains in the west to the Pacific at Cloudy Bay. The Richmond Mountains in the north separate it from the sunny region of Nelson, and the Wither Hills in the south protect the valley from harsh weather systems from the south-east.

In the low-lying area along the Wairau River Rapaura and Renwick are the most established zones. However in recent years vineyard plantings have extended further west along the narrow valley floor.

Wairau Valley has a warm, dry climate that is moderated during the growing season by sea breezes from Cloudy Bay. Hot sunshine during the day and cold ocean winds at night extend the ripening period in the grapes, leading to a balance of fruit complexity and acidity. This diurnal temperature variation is essential to the terroir in the Wairau Valley – without it, much of the classic punchiness of the wines made here would be lost.

Reviews

93 points 5 stars

Charming and instantly appealing, the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows crunchy apple, white floral and lemon/lime zest characters. It's equally attractive on the palate offering subtle sweetness with lively acidity, making it mouth-watering and fabulously drinkable. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2029.

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

93 points

Pure, fresh, aromatic and floral - there’s a lot to be seduced by with the bouquet. On the palate - an off dry expression with flavours of fresh green and red apple, Meyer lemon and pineapple. There’s no mistaking the contrasting salivating effect of acidity with a light salty sensation, but the combination of fresh fruits, a tease of sugar and lovely mouthfeel you be impressed and happy with this purchase. Best drinking from 2021 through 2026+.

Cameron Douglas MS

Marlborough Wine Show 2021

Varietal FAQs

Where are your wines made?

All our wines are made on site in our winery. We draw fruit from our 15 estate vineyards, which means they are owned by us. We built our winery in 2002.

Is your Riesling sweet?

We make our Riesling in an off dry style. It has lower alchol because we pick a portion early to give good acidity which is balanced by some residual sugar left in the wine. This wine is truly delicious, low alcohol and perfect for summer days and nights at a BBQ with friends,

How can I keep the wine fresh once a bottle has been opened?

To keep an open bottle of wine fresh, ensure the cap is tightly sealed after every glass pour. Our white wines and rosé should be stored, cap on, in a refrigerator to slow down oxidisation. For our red wines, keep the wine bottle out of light and stored at room temperature (below 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit), or in a refrigerator.

How long will your wine last when opened?

White wines are good for 1-2 days and red wines for 3-5 days if stored correctly.


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