VINEYARD: The certified organic grapes for this wine come from our oldest vines from the Home Vineyard on the upper terraces surrounding the winery. The vineyard is made up of a variety of Waimakiriri type soils of alluvial origin. The vines are planted on narrow-row spacing which promotes competition and encourages a lighter crop on each vine. The Noble Riesling was hand-picked at the end of May.
CLONE: GM110 and TK05209
VINIFICATION: Certified organic botrytised Riesling bunches were hand-picked, hand-sorted, crushed traditionally by foot and left to steep overnight before being slowly pressed. The juice naturally fermented with wild yeast, a process lasting more than a year.
The finished wine has an alcohol of 9 percent, a pH of 3.66, 6.2g/L titratable acid and 202g/L residual sugar.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: The nose exhibits aromas of apple, lemon and honeycomb with hints of caramel and peach. The palate is rich and unctuous with concentrated citrus and saffron flavours and a well supported acidity.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: This wine will improve over the next ten years, and become richer and more honeyed as it ages.