Region: Hawke's Bay
The grapes were hand-picked in excellent condition on the 16th of March and raced back to the winery where the whole bunches were placed into the press and the clear juice gently extracted from the skins. After cold settling the juice overnight we racked the juice into a stainless steel tank.
Alsace Riesling yeast was chosen to ferment the juice as it helps preserve the subtle aromatics within the resulting wine. The fermenting wine was tasted daily by the winemakers to pin point the ultimate balance point between the sweetness, acidity and alcohol. Once this point was established the wine was chilled to halt the yeast activity and then filtered off the yeast lees.
Aromas of lime zest, orange sherbet, honey-suckle, and a sprinkle of aromatic talcum powder leap out of the glass while the palate displays a gorgeous balance and tension between luscious sweetness and lively acidity. Our 2018 has all the hallmarks of a Champion Riesling and we’ve got our fingers crossed for another slew of medals this show season for what is our most awarded wine.