Mt Difficulty Tinwald Burn, Silver Tussock, Noble Riesling 2016
Burnt marmalade, and apricot compete with beeswax notes in the aroma of this Riesling. Ripe apricot characters introduce this wine to the palate with a hint of marmalade adding complexity. A generous but balanced amount of residual sugar (137g/L) has been retained to harmonise with the wines acidity. The acidity really reigns the wine in and provides focus and linearity.
Mt Difficulty Tinwald Burn, Silver Tussock, Noble Riesling will improve for 7-9 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
A very mild winter with decent levels of soil moisture kicked the growing season off early. Spring was magnificent with very few winds and no significant frost events. The low level of wind followed by a warm November meant that vines got off to a fantastic start. December was initially warm and settled and this lead to a compact and successful flowering. Immediately following flowering the weather turned and we had a protracted cold wet period which went through the end of December and the whole of January. February arrived and so too did the heat and a nice dry spell. March brought more of the same and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. Interestingly, even though the season finished with a warm flourish, sugar accumulation slowed and we picked at some of our lowest sugar levels ever. The white wines have great purity and aromatic intensity, the latter often the hallmark of a cooler vintage.
Silver Tussock Riesling was crafted to illustrate the unique climatic expression of the 2016 Vintage. The fruit was infected with botrytis from a large rainfall event in mid-February, arriving in perfect condition at the winery on the 21st April. The juice was floated prior to racking for fermentation to help enhance fruit integrity in the wine. The wine was fermented cool in stainless steel to retain maximum site expression. The fermentation was stopped when the wine tasted in harmony which happened to be at 137g/L residual sugar. The wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 10.7% T/A 10.85 gL-1 pH 2.79 Residual Sugar 137 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Review by Cuisine Magazine, Issue 185, Nov 2017
This expression is tight, crisp and lively, well stocked with
honeyed peach and sweet apple flavours, all carried by zingy acidity.