Master Sommelier

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94

Reminiscent of rain falling on hot river stones.

2016 Ostler Lakeside Vines Riesling

Waitaki Valley

Palest straw green in color; aromatically showing lemons, limes, white flowers and lovely underlying minerality, reminiscent of rain falling on hot river stones. The palate is full-bodied; classified 'medium-dry'. Fresh flavor of citrus with well-balanced acid structure. Drinking well now.
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Winemaker's notes

Our little block at Lake Waitaki is one of those magical sites that allows Riesling to reveal its true self.  We prefer to make dry styles and this site is warm enough and dry enough with soils of low enough vigor to allow Riesling to ripen slowly, getting the acid and sugar in the sweet spot to vinify to almost complete dryness.  In 2016 this worked extremely well with low yields and concentrated flavor. Once ripe, the fruit was hand harvested. In the cellar this respectful treatment continued with gentle whole bunch pressing, low temperature fermentation and moderate lees contact to allow the wine to “knit” together. It will drink well in its youth but equally will reward cellaring to reveal its true identity, that’s if you have the time.

Details

Vintage2016 RegionWaitaki Valley VarietyRiesling ClosureScrew cap ColorWhite Volume750ml Case size12
Alcohol Level 13%

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