2014 Last Cut Riesling
This unique Riesling parcel was sourced from O’Leary Walker’s own vineyard in the heart of Watervale.
The 80 year old dry grown vineyard is on classic soils; red loam over limestone, with a slight westerly aspect. In 2014, the decision was made to clear this site for replanting. As the season progressed, it became apparent that there was one more wine to be produced. The ‘Last Cut’ Riesling is a product of these vines having their bases cut approximately 600mm above the ground, giving the same effect as if they were ‘Cane Cut’. The fruit was left to hang and gradually dehydrate, concentrating both flavour and intensity. Once the desired characteristics were present, the fruit was harvested.
The fruit is de-stemmed and gently pressed, resulting in a fine free-run cut. The juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once settled, it is racked off solids and yeasted. A slow, controlled ferment is monitored over several weeks, naturally stopping due to the high sugar level. The wine is chilled to 5°C and filtered prior to bottling.
Harvested at 22.5 Baume on the 7th April 2014.
Baume 6 pH 3.1 TA 7.0g/L ALC 8.7%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary
Luscious golden colour
Intense, aromatic, perfumed lime and marmalade fruit, showing great complexity and richness
Fresh tangy acidity balanced with the natural concentrated sugars from its extended time on the vine
This beautiful textured dessert wine is the perfect accompaniment to Panna Cotta or intense blue cheese
Drink now, 10-15 years
Top Gold 2014 Canberra International Riesling Challenge