RIESLING Block Three 2014

A highly aromatic Germanic-styled wine with a naturally lower level of alcohol and an off dry level of sweetness perfectly balanced with vibrant natural acidity. In line with our natural winemaking philosophy this wine has not been fined or cold stabilised.

$25 per bottle
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About the Vintage

The Season

An odd season with superb initial weather followed by a damp end. Consistent bud burst, no frost issues, great weather over flowering/fruit-set, dry but with enough rainfall. Persistent rainfall in early April threatened the crop and selective picking was needed to ensure the only best fruit was harvested.

The Winemaking

The fruit was loaded straight into the Press and gently whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was settled briefly in tank before being racked to another tank where it underwent a natural fermentation. Fermentation temperature was capped at 18C to retain aromatic intensity but was turned off for latter ¼ of the ferment to encourage additional complexity. The fermentation was arrested when the wine was deemed to be in balance. The wine remained on gross lees, with some stirring, to build additional texture before being blended and filtered just prior to bottling.

The Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from our 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 was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of 1kg/vine.

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The Accolades

2013
5 stars Raymond Chan
4 stars Michael Cooper
SILVER Spiegelau International Wine Competition

2012
5 stars Raymond Chan
4 stars Michael Cooper
SILVER International Aromatic Wine Competition
Metro Top 100 Wines

2010
½ 4.5 stars Michael Cooper
4 stars Raymond Chan
4 stars Cuisine Magazine
GOLD Spiegelau International Wine Competition
92 Points, Bob Campbell

RIESLING Block Three 2014

$25 per bottle

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