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100% organic Riesling grown at Ashmore Vineyard in Fairhall, adjacent to the mouth of the Brancott Valley in Marlborough.
Hand-picked fruit was whole-bunch pressed using a low maceration press cycle, the juice cold-settled then racked to fermentation vessels. Half was inoculated in stainless steel using cultured yeast; the balance in French oak barriques where it underwent spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation. Transferred to a stainless steel tank where fermentation was stopped, then filled into old barrels and remained on yeast lees for 6 months.
A virtual fruit salad of mandarin segments, white fleshed peaches and crisp apples, sprinkled with lemon blossom and a dollop of honey. This is a lively, aromatic off-dry style of Riesling that delivers a sherbet-like balance of bright, natural acidity and a subliminal touch of sweetness.
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