The fruit for this single vineyard wine was grown on the 16.5 hectare Turner home block vineyard in the Blind River sub-region of the Awatere Valley. Low yielding vines were monitored closely and then hand-picked when the right balance of flavour and sugar ripeness was reached to produce this lower alcohol style of Riesling.
The 2015 growing season was characterised by a dry spring and summer. Lower yields due to cooler weather during flowering have produced wonderful fruit intensity.
After harvest, the fruit was transported to the winery for immediate pressing, with minimal skin contact to prevent juice deterioration. The fruit was crushed and only the free run portion of the juice was retained. Specialty Riesling yeast was used for a long cool ferment. The resulting wine was then balanced and prepared for bottling under a screw cap closure so as to retain as much of the freshness and fruit character of the vineyard as possible.
Pale straw in colour with fresh citrus aromatics of sweet lime and mandarin that mingle with subtle floral notes. It has a light bodied fresh and appealing palate displaying flavours of lime and grapefruit with a distinct mineral finish so reflective of the Blind River sub-region. Rounded and well balanced acidity with mineral notes lead to a long pleasing finish. Perfect for drinking immediately, this single vineyard Riesling will be at its best over the next 2-3 years.
Ideal as an aperitif and also a great match for seafood, pork or with lightly spiced Thai or Chinese meals.