Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Steve White
As the longer and warmer days start to stretch across this fare land, I'm sure many of you like myself are thinking about enjoying shellfish and prawns on the bbq, summer salads and alike and what better match than a fresh, citrus driven glass of Riesling.
The fruit for this wine came from two vineyard blocks owned by the Wiffen family in the Omaka sub-region of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. Each individual parcel of fruit was separately crushed and pressed early morning in Marlborough, with the chilled juice then being transported to the winery to complete its transformation. The first parcel added incredible citrus lime and lemon characters. This made the palate focused and concentrated, and a pure minerality was revealed. The next two parcels were broad in their palate weight, with extremely rich tropical aromatics.
100% fermented in stainless steel, using three different yeast strains and a range of ferment temperatures, to retain varietal expression. The components were then blended together, producing a wine that expresses vibrant citrus characters and a ripe stone fruit balance between fruit sugar and acid minerality. On the nose a beautifully focused wine that exhibits intense citrus fruit characters of lemons and limes, overlaid with riper tropical hints of mango and pineapple. The palate is balanced perfectly with the sweetness/acid symmetry, with the richness and fruit weight in harmony with the mineral backbone, giving a persistent fresh finish. Serve at 8C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and right through 2012.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with shellfish, prawns, sushi, crisp salads and more, enjoy.