Region: Central Otago Grapes: Riesling First Glance: Fine, Detailed, Delicate, Pure
The Wine: Riesling from Block 2 of The Elms vineyard was hand-picked then carefully whole bunch pressed, settled for 3-6 days before racking, then followed by a slow fermentation of 10 weeks with indigenous yeasts to almost complete dryness (3g/L RS). The wine rested on fine lees to build palate weight before bottling in early-September after minimal processing (no fining or cold stabilisation) to preserve and highlight the delicate Riesling characters.
The schist soils of Block 2 from the Elms Vineyard undoubtedly assist in setting the scene for this commanding and mineral infused Dry Riesling. Nashi pear, talc and floral notes dominate the bouquet. Notable weight and power through the mid-palate provides grandeur with racy acidity which freshens and tightens, leading to a sustained and impressive finish.