Roaring Meg Riesling 2018
This Riesling stands tall with citrus notes intertwined with white blossom and white fleshed fruit: the palate is dominated by clean linear citrus flavours. The wine is a medium-dry style with a lovely backbone of natural acidity and ripe phenolics. This wine beautifully displays the elegance and finesse of this versatile and interesting variety. You will be rewarded by careful cellaring.
Roaring Meg Central Otago Riesling is optimal drinking within 3 to 8 years of vintage.
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One for the record books, and a vintage of two halves. There was exceptional warmth from September through to late January, before cooling off through February and Autumn. With the warm start we got underway early; this warm settled weather continued through flowering and fruit set. The potential crop was well set, yet small as a result of the cool December in 2017. The vineyards really started to dry out through December and January, with irrigation struggling. With the arrival of February, temperatures plummeted to below average and rainfall was well above average. These cool and wetter-than-average conditions persisted right through harvest. The cool, late Summer / Autumn period enabled berry ripening through a cooler period providing ripe fresh characters.
The grapes for this wine come from selected Cromwell basin vineyards which the Mt Difficulty viticulture team manages. The grapes were harvested early in the season between the 20th March and the 6th April in excellent condition, with delectable flavour and slightly lower than usual acidity. The juice was settled overnight and then racked clean for fermentation. The wine was fermented just warm enough to encourage texture and mouthfeel without compromising flavour richness. We stopped the fermentation when we felt the wine had reached an ideal sugar/acidity balance. The wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 13.25% T/A 7.9 gL-1 pH 3.12 Residual Sugar 15 gL-1
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