2016 Riesling (Single Vineyard) - Nelson 6 750ml
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.
The grapes for this wine were grown on a single block located on our upper Awatere Valley vineyard. The 2016/2017 growing season began with a relatively frost free spring resulting in good early shoot growth. However, variable conditions over flowering meant slightly lower than average crop levels. The summer months were dominated by extremely strong and persistent winds – slowing down rapid shoot growth in the vines. Leaf plucking was carried out on all blocks over the growing season to facilitate bunch exposure and promote flavour development in the fruit. Warm and dry conditions were enjoyed in the late summer weeks until 11th March, when unseasonal early autumn rains fell over much of the country. Due to our Awatere vineyard being higher and cooler than many sites in Marlborough, the vineyard was able to remain unaffected during the rain events that fell during the harvest period. The later part of the harvest period provided more typical warm and settled weather allowing a little extra ripening time throughout the small Riesling block. Grapes were harvested much later than previous years, with the first hand-pick on the 20th April and the final part of the block coming off on the 2nd May.