Greywacke Late Harvest Riesling 2011



A wine of intense aromatics – exotic honeysuckle blossom, candied lemon and vanilla custard, infused with a hint of cloves. The luscious palate has a marmalade-like combination of lemons and limes mingled with the richness of honeyed apricots and a dollop of crème caramel. Silky, succulent and harmonious – finishing with a lively citrusy crispness.

The fruit for this wine was grown at Ashmore Vineyard in Fairhall, adjacent to the mouth of the Brancott Valley on gravelly clay-loam soils, conditions more typical of the Southern Valleys than the Wairau plains. This 18-year-old, organically farmed vineyard is trained on a two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis. The vineyard was hand-harvested with considerable botrytis infection in two lots, the first batch being picked on 11th May at 28 brix and the second on 26th May at 42 brix after a period of dry windy weather. 

All Greywacke wines are produced from vineyards that are accredited to the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) program. 

The grapes were whole bunch pressed using a very low maceration press cycle. The resulting batches of juice were cold-settled with a light fining and the clear juice was racked and inoculated in stainless steel tanks using cultured yeast. The two batches were blended during fermentation. The fermentation was stopped in July, retaining 120 grams per litre residual sugar. The wine remained on light yeast lees for a further five months prior to bottling in December.

37.5 CL Bottles

12% abv

Greywacke Late Harvest Riesling  2011
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