2013 Sandpiper Riesling
The wine has lifted perfumed floral and lime characters on the nose. The palate is flavoursome but has finesse. Primary citrus characters are balanced with a subtle musk spice. The wine has a backbone of minerally acid which persists after the wine has left the mouth.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press) within an hour of harvest. Care was taken not to lose the delicate Riesling aromas and flavour pre-cursors in the juice. After settling, the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of Riesling.
Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall.
Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.
Harvest occurred in the third week of March (within two days of the 2012 harvest date).