2017 Valentine Riesling
Sourced from 21 year old vines, the fruit was handpicked on the 3rd March and whole bunch pressed to ⅓ old French puncheon and ⅔ stainless steel. Spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeasts and arrested when sugar (2 g/L), acid and phenolics were all in balance. Maturation on gross lees until filtration in February 2016.
The whole bunch pressing, wild yeast, 4% skin contact & old french oak usage during fermentation gives the wine weight, texture and finesse on the palate. It shows its own unique character of place.
Bottled unfined and with a total of 60ppm total sulphur.
2017 Valentine Riesling is layered and complex. The colour shows its youth through a vibrant & bright hue. It exhibits a range of fresh characters on the nose including melon, nectarine and floral notes. There are hints of soft citrus in the background but this Riesling is not your typical lemon lime zing thing. It’s much, much more.
The long fermentation has resulted in an aromatic, dry and crisp wine with a slight spritz. This wine is lean and lively with awesome length and a delicious, intricate finish.