WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS A mesh of youthful Riesling and notable apricot and mandarin Noble Botrytis characters. A luscio...Read more...
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WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS A mesh of youthful Riesling and notable apricot and mandarin Noble Botrytis characters. A luscious and concentrated dessert style wine, which with careful cellaring will develop further complexity and further heighten the interest in this wine (September 2005). VINTAGE The 2004 Vintage was characterised by warmer than average temperatures until February, which saw cool temperatures and high rainfall. The Marlborough region was sun drenched with warm days and cool nights in March, this caused fantastic flavour development and retention. The grapes were hand harvested late March early April in optimum condition. Botrytis developed naturally producing richly concentrated sugars and flavoured bunches. VINEYARDS As has been the case for a number of years, the Noble Botrytis Riesling was sourced from the Fletcher vineyard in Marlborough. Located in the Raupara Road area the stony vineyard is extremely devigourating and low yielding. Picked in early May, the fruit is the last harvested Villa Maria block in Marlborough. WINEMAKING Whole bunches of lightly crushed fruit were loaded into the press for a 24 hour skin contact period. Over this time the sugars from the berries were leached out into the surrounding juice, resulting in a concentrated juice-syrup upon pressing. The juice was cold settled for 2-3 days before being racked to ferment. A long slow cool fermentation endured for seven weeks before the fermentation was stop with the use of refrigeration. The wine was then naturally settled, gently fined and filtered before bottling.
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