Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Vineyard Region: Orange, NSW
Vineyard Altitude: 900 Metres
Oak Maturation: Nil
The temperature of the season was cool and wet in the early part, changing to warm dry days and cool dry nights in the latter part, ideal for ripening grapes in cold climates. Most rainfall was in the pre Spring growing period with drip irrigation required towards the end of the growing period around April.
This Orange Riesling is of premium quality and shows the value of growing cold climate Riesling fruit. The grapes are growing in shallow top soil over an iron stone shelf with excellent drainage.
The wine is pale gold in colour with youthful, green hues.
The bouquet is elegant and intense with smokey citrus lime and floral varietal characters.
The palate shows youthful intense varietal floral Riesling fruit characters filling the length of the palate balanced with a long crisp clean acid finish. There is also a hint of smokiness and lime characteristics, a full middle palate and a touch of alcohol sweetness on the finish.
While extremely enjoyable now, this wine will gain further complexity and depth of flavour over the next 4 – 6 years. The wine is crisp and sophisticated and may be served alone or with fine cuisine such as white meat fish yabbies or seafood.