Skillogalee Riesling 2013
The grapes for this dry Riesling were grown on low-yielding vines, on the highest slopes of the Skillogalee estate (about 500 metres above sea level). The family-owned vineyard is managed in accordance with sustainable farming practices. 2010/11 saw higher than average rainfall and lower temperatures throughout the season, necessitating selective picking at harvest time and some loss of what would otherwise have been a relatively heavy crop. The bunches that were selected showed excellent flavour and composition. The fruit was processed in a number of individual parcels, with each block of vines picked as it reached its best ripeness and flavour in the challenging conditions. Each parcel was then fermented separately allowing us to vary winemaking and processing techniques to suit the characteristics of each, and giving us the opportunity to enhance individual highlights, before blending immediately prior to bottling. On the nose it has lively fresh lime, acacia and linden blossom aromatics. The palate has tight, stony minerality with intense lemon drop, citrus flavours. A refreshing, crisp acidity provides the backbone for a dry, lingering finish. Drink now with fish, seafood or white meat dishes or cellar for up to 10 years.
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