Mt. Beautiful

2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling

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  • North Canterbury

Analysis at Bottling

  • Alcohol: 11.5%


  • August 2015


  • 1100 cases



Flavor Profile

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.

Winemaker Notes

2015 was a fantastic vintage. The spring was cool with a number of cold snaps however, flowering took place in good conditions. This led to good balanced fruit set. The growing season was very even, being exceptionally dry and very warm. A small amount of green harvest was done to lower the crop and eliminate clumping of bunches. The lead up to harvest was perfect with warm dry days and, for once, relatively warm nights. This led to an early harvest of fruit in exceptional condition. We picked the Riesling by hand, firstly on 4th April and then again on 10th April. Picking decisions were made to ensure we retained sufficient zingy acidity in the wine. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed, with the free run and pressings kept separate. The juice was settled for 24 hours only, to retain some cloudiness in the juice, this 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 four months, before racking, blending and bottling.

The Perfect Match

Pair our Mt. Beautiful Riesling with fresh New Zealand Scallops, other seafood, spicy dishes, and a laissez-faire outlook or drink on its own on a warm afternoon!