~ Nouvelle Zélande, Central Otago - Amisfield Dry Riesling ~

APPELLATION Amisfield Dry Riesling

MILLÉSIME 2012

CÉPAGE Riesling

COULEUR Blanc

PAYS Nouvelle Zélande

RÉGION Nouvelle Zélande

DOMAINE Amisfield Winery, Central Otago Nouvelle Zélande

VINEYARD DESIGNATION: Amisfield Blocks 1 and 10
CLONE: GM 198 and GM94
PLANTED: 2000-2006
ROOSTOCKS: OR and 3309
SOILS: Lochar stony gravel overlaid by sandy loam
DENSITY: 2800 vines/Ha
PRUNING: 2 cane VSP
YIELD: 3-5T/Ha

WINEMAKING:
Handpicked and whole bunch pressed the  delicate Riesling juice is handled ox datively and with care. The  juice is allowed to sit of lees for at least 48 hours if not longer to help capture aromatics. The juice is then racked, warmed and either inoculated with selected Alsacian yeasts or using a natural 20L wild culture we have started earlier. The ferments are extremely slow and can take up to five months to finish.

MATURATION:
Aged on light fluffy lees with minimal sulphur addition until blending.

STYLE:
This  wine  is  about  delicate  expression  of  our  terroir.   Pure  and  refined aromatics while ensuring balance of sugar with the crisp acidity.

TASTING NOTES:
Pale straw in colour.  Aromatics of orange blossom, citrus fruit, lime sherbet and green apple. This wine is a quintessential expression of our Pisa Terroir. The flinty minerality is always present and the wild ferments give us aromas of spring  blossom. The  palate is fresh, fluid and the residual sugar  is balanced with the vibrant acidity and minerality.   The wine is very approachable now but will continue to reward with cellaring.

HARVEST DATE:
4 April – 18 April 2011

HARVEST COMPOSITION:
Brix: 20-22
PH: 3.00 – 3.25
T.A.: 7 – 11g/L

WINE COMPOSITION:
Titratable Acidity: 8.70g/L Residual Sugar: 9.9g/L Alcohol: 12.95%

HARVEST NOTES:
The 2011 harvest in Central Otago was good for our aromatic whites sitting on the gravelly  elevated terraces  above our winery. The  Harvest  was three weeks earlier  than  usual  and  full of dramatic  weather  events  that  had  us monitoring the Met Service web site with great intent, focus and with all the skill of any television weather presenter. The grapes ripened slowly with nice crisp, clean and bright aromatics.