2013 '22 Petals' Watervale Riesling
Neil and Heather Grace's vineyard has classic Watervale soils, red loam over limestone, with a westerly aspect. Grace's "dry-Grown" vineyard is hand-pruned and hand-picked and relies only on the natural rainfall. The limestone is able to retain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but also provides important shade to prevent the negative impact of sun-burn on the resultant wine.
Fruit is harvested in the cool of the night, de-stemmed, crushed and gently pressed. This results in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component, with all batches kept separately in stainless steel tanks. The free-run juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled it is racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out until the desired sweetness and acid balance is achieved. The wine is chilled and filtered prior to bottling. ‘22 Petals’ is a subtle reference to the 22 grams of residual sugar found in this delicate, sweeter style of Riesling.
PH 3.2 TA 7.0g/L ALC 10.5% RS 22g/L
Nick Walker, David O’Leary
Pale straw with a light green tinge.
Lime, lemon citrus. Great floral perfume and spice.
Palate is flavoursome, rich and long, with great balance between sweet fruit and crunchy natural acidity.
This wine will age gracefully over many years - 15 years cellaring potential.