Clean, light white gold and visually very bright.
Nose features citrus and furniture polish/wax notes, developing aged characters with some honey notes in the background. Complex with characteristic green apple qualities but developing some nice dynamics.
Palate is juicy and fresh and mirrors the Granny Smith apple notes with a phenolic quality that gives the wine palate structure. Beeswax, lime pith and sweetness is balanced to the acidity and alcohol.
An excellent vintage free of fall frosts until after all our fruit intake. Superior vine stability and complete recovery from 2017-2018 flooding damage. Late leaf pulling helped preserve the freshness of the wine, the long late-season sun has influenced riper citrus flavours than usual. Picked and sorted October 5, 2020. Yield was 4.59 t/acre.
Pressed whole bunch to tank, then racked for cool fermentation (around 14-16 C). No press fractioning. Fermentation aiming at 16-18 g/L R.S. Kept on light lees for a few months and then bottled early 2021 (April instead of August as it had been in the past).
[Technical note: white grape skin tannins can have a slight drying effect on the palate, especially in Riesling in hotter vintages where the smaller berry size and longer sun exposure cause the cluster to carry more tannin and the skin goes more golden/pink in colour. This also obscures the R.S., at least to my palate. I see some real similarities with the award-winning 2015, aside from a higher R.S. on this wine, see comparison below. -- Mel]
Food Pairing Notes
A great starting wine for a dinner party or barbecue! Try this with steamed mussels in a light cream sauce, seared or grilled scallops, shrimp banh mi, this wine will beautifully complement a variety of fresh seafood and vegetables, citrusy accents and chili/lemongrass intensity.