Silver Medal: New Zealand International Wine Competition. 2017
Light-straw with a green hue and a bright clarity.
Aromatic notes of lemon and granny smith apple, with hints of ginger and tea leaf
A medium bodied wine, with lemon zest, lime and fine mineral notes.
Although delicious in its youth, this wine can be cellared for up to 5-6 years.
Serve as an aperitif, or with lighter food options such as summer salads and seafood
Chris and Dave Macdonald
Conders Bend Road Renwick, Marlborough
Alcohol: 11.3% /vol.
Residual Sugar: 16.4 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 8.2 g/L
The budburst timing was slightly later than normal and the vines experienced typical spring like conditions of variable temperatures, winds and rain. Early varieties, such Pinot Noir, flowered in cooler conditions leading to smaller yields. Other varieties had warm, dry conditions over flowering, resulting in healthy crop levels. In mid-December, the weather became warm and dry. January was notable for strong winds that parched the landscape. The later part of the season recorded lower sunshine hours, resulting in delayed sugar ripeness and a later start to harvest
Silty loam over free draining gravels
Standard vertical trellis
11th April, 2017
The fruit was handpicked in the cool morning conditions. The fruit was gently pressed, with the heavy pressings kept separate from the free-run juice. After 24 hours of light settling, the juice was racked and warmed. A selected, aromatic yeast strain was used to ferment the clean juice at a low temperature. The ferment was stopped with some residual sugar, in order to balance out the crisp acidity in this wine. We bottled this Riesling on the 24th August, 2017.
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