BLADEN RIESLING - Eight Rows

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VINTAGE

2019

 

PRICE

$24

 

 

TASTING NOTES

Colour

Light-straw with a green hue and a bright clarity.

 

Nose

Delicate lime and floral notes, with a suggestion of tea leaf and wet rock.

 

Palate

Citrus and green apple flavours with hints of lemongrass. This wine has a seamless, well balanced lengthy palate full of energy.

 

Cellaring

Drink now or cellar for 7 years or more.

 

Serve

Slightly chilled.

 

Suggested Foods

Serve as an aperitif, or with lighter food options such as summer salads and seafood.

 

 

GRAPEGROWERS

Chris and Dave Macdonald

 

LOCATION

Bladen Vineyard

Conders Bend Road

Marlborough

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Alcohol:  12.0 % w/v

Residual Sugar:  15.0 g/L

pH:  2.96

Titratable Acidity:  6.5 g/L

 

VITICULTURE

Climate

The timing of budburst was similar to previous years.  The early part of the season was notable for lower sunshine hours, especially in November. January and February were very hot and dry, withering the surrounding hills and putting pressure on irrigation systems. This also brought forward the harvest by 10-14 days.  Warm, dry conditions over harvest meant the grapes could be picked with optimum flavour and without pressure from disease or rain.

 

Soils

Silty loam over free draining gravels.

Training

Standard vertical trellis

Harvest Date

30th March, 2019

 

WINEMAKER

Rowan Langdon

 

WINEMAKING

The fruit for this wine was handpicked from the 8 rows of Riesling on our eastern block. It was whole cluster pressed very softly. After 12 hours of settling, the juice was racked and warmed. Two yeast strains were introduced to start fermentation. It fermented at a cool temperature over a number of weeks. We watched sugar vs acid balance very carefully and stopped the ferment when we felt it was just right. The wine then aged on lees for 2-3 months to build texture and complexity. Following filtration the wine was bottled on the 10th August, 2019

        Bladen Riesling NV

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