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Forrest Estate Riesling Marlborough Botrytised 2006

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This is a delicious dessert wine, straw in colour with fabulous citrus aromas and an unctuous sweet palate. The nose is intensely Riesling in character; alive with the scent of limes, mandarins, tangelos and just a hint of apricot. The palate has the botrytised derived aromas of honey and toffee. Silky smooth and sweet, yet beautifully balanced by its low pH and high natural acidity the wine makes appealing drinking now but will also cellar well. Winemaker's Vintage Report Vintage 2006 was a vintage very much influenced by a lovely warm early summer resulting in an early veraison and then a cooler March-April vintage period which slowed ripening and allowed time for that all important flavour development. Without doubt the easiest vintage we have experienced for many years with superbly ripe fruit across the entire range of grape varietals. Forrest Estates 2006 Botrytised Riesling is drawn from three vineyards located throughout the Wairau Valley. Whilst all have distinctly different terroir they do however all share the common character of possessing very free draining, devigorating soil types. This common character was absolutely critical in achieving vine balance and restricting crop load to maintain premium wine grape production. The perfect vintage climatic condition allowed us to selectively harvest small parcels of fruit when we judged their flavour profiles to be most desirable. Each parcel was then fermented separately and gave us an abundance of choice in blending Dr John Forrest Winemaker/Owner Harvest Dates 20th April to 10th May Brix at Harvest 35 - 40 Analysis at Bottling pH 3.08 T.A. 8.7 g/l Residual Sugar 215 g/l Alcohol 9.0 % Viticultural Practice Planting density: 2.8 x 1.5 metres Trellis systems: 100% Vertical Trellis Yield: 4.4 tonne/ha Canopy management: Trimmed x 2 Leaf plucked x 1

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Forrest Estate Winery Ltd:
Drs John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer, of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough, whilst in, partnership, they produce the Cornerstone Bordeaux red from their vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Region of Hawkes Bay and premium Pinot Noir from their vineyards in Bannockburn and Waitaki Valley, Otago Leaving behind careers in... Read more
Drs John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer, of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough, whilst in, partnership, they produce the Cornerstone Bordeaux red from their vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Region of Hawkes Bay and premium Pinot Noir from their vineyards in Bannockburn and Waitaki Valley, Otago Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine John and Brigid returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish their first vineyard at Renwick - at the heart of the stony Wairau River Valley. Vintage 1990 saw the first Forrest wine and immediate success with a trophy at the national wine awards - success that has been repeated many times both nationally and internationally over the subsequent vintages. To the often asked question "why did you do it?" the answer is, a mixture of the wine 'passion' and a desire to achieve and be recognised and rewarded for ones efforts. In hindsight we struck upon a career which suits our personalities - a perfect blend of art and science. Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wines 'soul'. That individual expression of style is the trademark of our wines - rich aromatic white wine, and powerfully scented reds - all impeccably structured and a joy to drink. Read less

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See John Forrest (Forrest Estate Winery) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#25): www.debramasterofwine.com



This is a delicious dessert wine, straw in colour with fabulous citrus aromas and an unctuous sweet palate. The nose is intensely Riesling in character; alive with the scent of limes, mandarins, tangelos and just a hint of apricot. The palate has the botrytised derived aromas of honey and toffee. Silky smooth and sweet, yet beautifully balanced by its low pH and high natural acidity the wine makes appealing drinking now but will also cellar well. Winemaker's Vintage Report Vintage 2006 was a vintage very much influenced by a lovely warm early summer resulting in an early veraison and then a cooler March-April vintage period which slowed ripening and allowed time for that all important flavour development. Without doubt the easiest vintage we have experienced for many years with superbly ripe fruit across the entire range of grape varietals. Forrest Estates 2006 Botrytised Riesling is drawn from three vineyards located throughout the Wairau Valley. Whilst all have distinctly different terroir they do however all share the common character of possessing very free draining, devigorating soil types. This common character was absolutely critical in achieving vine balance and restricting crop load to maintain premium wine grape production. The perfect vintage climatic condition allowed us to selectively harvest small parcels of fruit when we judged their flavour profiles to be most desirable. Each parcel was then fermented separately and gave us an abundance of choice in blending Dr John Forrest Winemaker/Owner Harvest Dates 20th April to 10th May Brix at Harvest 35 - 40 Analysis at Bottling pH 3.08 T.A. 8.7 g/l Residual Sugar 215 g/l Alcohol 9.0 % Viticultural Practice Planting density: 2.8 x 1.5 metres Trellis systems: 100% Vertical Trellis Yield: 4.4 tonne/ha Canopy management: Trimmed x 2 Leaf plucked x 1

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