DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH RIESLING 2011
The Marlborough season started off well with early budburst and a long, clear, relatively frost free spring. Summer got off to a great start as well, with plentiful sunshine and a continued absence of frost, ensuring a good fruit set. The hot summer meant fruit thinning was essential to obtain manageable cropping levels. Late February rains ensured good vine development, with enough dry periods to stave off disease pressure.
Select parcels of fruit were sourced from a single vineyard site in Renwick, Marlborough. The terroir in Marlborough is ideal for growing Riesling, the vineyard in Renwick playing an important part with its river silt soils allowing free-draining of water while layers of limestone ensure minerality.
The juice was fermented using a number of selected yeast strains and at a range of temperatures, to enable us to capture a spectrum of flavour and aroma profiles. The ferments were stopped to retain natural sweetness, and then matured on its yeast lees before blending the different tanks together to achieve a wine of balanced palette weight, character and interest.
Lifted lime blossom, green tea and mandarin zest on the nose lead to a succulent palate of ripe citrus and lime with a refreshing crisp acidity.
Serve slightly chilled, superb with any light lunch dish or a seafood influence.