Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Riesling 2014
Bendigo, Central Otago
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
The grapes were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours prior to racking. The stainless steel portion 80% was fermented for 32 days with cultured yeast, selected to retain the varietal purity and 20% was fermented in older French oak and underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked post ferment and matured on light lees for 6 months prior to bottling.
Mineral and slate characters with fresh cut lime notes. The palate is balanced by generous fruit weight and lively acidity; Added earthy complexities and an unctuous texture from the oaked portion give the wine an edge and at the same time bring the wine into balance. The result is a very pleasing structure which flows to a refined textural finish with flavours of limes which blend with honeysuckle, herb and flinty mineral notes.
Alc 14.0% TA 7.3g/l pH 3.10 RS 6.3 g/l
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with firm and deep aromas of lime fruit harmoniously entwined with white florals and an amalgam of honey and toast, unfolding mineral and kero nuances. Theis beginning to show secondary interest and complexities. Sweet to taste and medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are taut and firmly bound, showing limes and white florals, some honey and a little toastiness. The mouthfeel features a drying phenolic texture which restrains the sweetness, and soft acidity enhances the grip. The wine carries to a light finish with dry grip. This is a sweet Riesling beginning to show secondary honey and toast development on a drying textured palate with soft acidity. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian fare. 4* Raymond Chan