Riesling Block Three 2021
Showing strong personality, the youthful 2021 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Waipara, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged. Light lemon/green, it is attractively scented and vivacious, with citrusy, appley flavours, a splash of sweetness (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), and excellent poise, delicacy and depth. Best drinking 2023+.
A beautiful season. Warm throughout and with very little rainfall. Great conditions over flowering and fruit-set. Towards harvest time the weather was settled, warm and dry – totally ideal and conditions that had many people calling this the harvest of a lifetime. No issues whatsoever and the fruit was harvested early, ripe, clean and in excellent condition.
The fruit was crushed and destemmed into the Press. The resulting pressload was settled briefly in tank before being racked straight to neutral oak barrels where it underwent a natural fermentation. Fermentation temperature was naturally warm and peaked around 23C. The fermentation continued to near dryness and the wine remained on gross lees for a period of 12 months, to build additional texture before being racked, blended and filtered just prior to bottling.
The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from the Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. Clones are a mix of 239, 198 and 110 on Riparia Gloire and Schwarzmann rootstock. The fruit is picked into 10kg bins and brought directly to our onsite winery for processing. Shoot and crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of 1kg/vine.
★★★★ Raymond Chan
★★★★★ Raymond Chan
★★★★ Michael Cooper
SILVER Spiegelau International Wine Competition