Whenua Awa Riesling (Single Vineyard) - Nelson
If you like Grosset Riesling, you will Love this!
A pale, bright and vibrant golden green in the glass, this single vineyard wine displays aromas of citrus zest, green apple and spring florals. The lively palate balances flavours of mandarin orange, makrut lime and hints of white peach and pink grapefruit with bright natural acidity; leading to a crisp and juicy finish. Fresh, clean and fruit-forward in its youth, this wine will continue to develop over the years with careful cellaring.
Small parcels of carefully hand-picked grapes were pressed as soon as they arrived at the winery using our modern membrane press. The resulting clear free-run juice was then transferred directly to stainless steel tanks, while the harder pressings were allowed to gently oxidise in order to soften harsh phenolics - before being transferred in with the free-run for fermentation. The ferments were carried out using a specialist Riesling yeast at cool temperatures to capture aromatics and freshness. Once the right balance of alcohol, sweetness and acidity had been reached the wine was racked off yeast lees and left in tank for two months allowing flavour compounds to develop and integrate. The wine was then stabilised and filtered (without fining) before being cross-flow filtered ready to be bottled early with ample bright freshness in early July.
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