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2018 Riesling

91 Points The Real Reviews, Bob Campbell MW
94 Points, 5 Stars, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
91 Points, Wine.com, Wilfred Wong

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The Riesling is our baby, in the sense that it was the first wine we produced and launched to the public. It is a purely textural adventure, ripe with off-dry flavours of honeysuckle, pink grapefruit and sweet almond blossom.The citrus notes meld together with crisp minerality and a complex ripe apple character. It finishes with a beautiful, lingering acidity.This wine is made by blending together two distinct blocks of Riesling from the vineyard.

Pair our Mt. Beautiful Riesling with fresh New Zealand Scallops, spicy dishes and a laissez-faire outlook on a warm afternoon.

 

 

2018 was a quite a challenging vintage. The spring was warm and dry flowering took place in exceptional conditions. This led to very good fruit set. The latter part of the growing season was rather unsettled. A thorough green harvest was done to lower the crop, eliminate clumping of bunches and any potential disease threats. Pre-harvest saw some rain in February and March which led to some disease pressure. We did some further bunch thinning and removed diseased bunches. In April we did two selective picks of the Riesling ensuring only clean ripe fruit was harvested. The very selective harvest led to low yields of grapes. Harvest was on 1st and 7th April. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed, with the free run and pressings kept separate. The juice was settled for 36 hours only, to retain some cloudiness in the juice, which contributes to texture and aroma. The juices were then cool fermented using aromatic yeast. The ferment was stopped when we achieved a balance of sugar and acid. Balance is everything in winemaking. The wine was aged on light yeast lees for five -months, before racking, blending, and bottling.

The Riesling is planted on the higher elevated Southern section of the vineyard bordered by gullies, with the gully to the west being an established pine forest creating a warm sheltered block. The Riesling is closely planted, and has been split into two blocks with the lower block being spur pruned and the higher larger block single cane pruned to reduce vigour and maximize flavour. Like several of our other blocks we tend and harvest this block by hand.

These plantings focus on German Geisenheim clone Gm 239, backed by clones Gm 198 and then Gm 110, which provide a classically elegant wine with mandarin, lime and lemon flavours.

Riesling Vineyard Stats:
Planted 2005
2 blocks, 2.63 ha (6.5 ac)
92 rows, 10,570 vines
Spacing: @2.4 x 1.05 m
Yield: 7 T/ha (2.8 T/ac)

Alcohol 12.5%
TA 7.0 g/L
pH 3.02
RS 10 g/L

Bottled: August 2018
Production:380 cases 

91 Points The Real Reviews, Bob Campbell MW
94 Points, 5 Stars, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
91 Points, Wine.com, Wilfred Wong

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Name of the license holder: Dionysus Ventures Limited
License number: 57/OFF/411/2019
License expiry date: 27th day of February 2022
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