Riesling 2013

Region: Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Alcohol: 11.5%
Total acid: 8.0g/l
pH: 3.10
Residual sugar: 10.0gms/l

Tasting notes:  An enticing aroma of white florals, lime and savoury apple. Medium bodied, off-dry in style, with intense citrus, lemon-barley and marmalade flavors, showing good depth.  Drink now or age for 6 years and let the wine show the developing complexities of a great Riesling.

Vintage Conditions: The 2013 season was characterised by an incredibly warm summer. These conditions combined with very low rainfall have allowed the flavors in the berries to develop to full ripening potential.  Judicial picking decisions were made to ensure a great balance between acid, sugar and flavor was achieved.

Viticulture: Planted in 2007 our one hectare of Riesling vines are lovingly cared for ensure optimal concentration and ripeness in the wines.  Planted in clone 239 on rootstock 3309, the vines produce compact bunches that promote citrus characters and racy acidity, the hallmark of the Borthwick Riesling.

Fermentation:  Our Riesling is picked and quickly pressed prior to settling and inoculation with selected yeast strains that promote a slow, cool fermentation.  The fermentation is arrested when we feel the best balance has occurred between sweetness and acidity.   

History: Established in 1996 the family owned and managed Borthwick Vineyard produce wine with flavours that are a direct reflection of the Gladstone region, New Zealand. Ancient stony, alluvial soils and a cool climate allow the grapes to grow in harmony in their environment. Sustainable practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery allow our wines to display their distinctive single vineyard characteristics and flavour.

Reviews: 4.5 Stars Sam Kim, 4 Stars Raymond Chan

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