Brands Laira Coonawarra Old Station Riesling 2018
Bright citrus and pear flavours through the palate supported by zesty acidity, balancing the natural sweetness of this wine, leading to a lingering textural yet juicy finish.
The fruit from the Laira and Kirkgate blocks were handpicked, transferred to the winery then crushed and pressed.
The free run juice was allowed to drain with only very gentle pressing
to a Stainless Steel tank. The remaining skins and juice was pressed to a separate Stainless Steel tank without usage of inert gas or antioxidants.
The free run juice was allowed to cold settle for a period of 48hrs, before racking to achieve clear juice. This clear juice was then warmed and inoculated with a chosen yeast strain before conducting a cold ferment in the Stainless Steel tank. The pressings component was allowed to cold settle for a period of 48hrs, before running off some slightly cloudy juice into old large format oak. This component was allowed to undergo spontaneous fermentation.
The wine was allowed to mature on light lees for a period of 3 months, after which time the wine was blended, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
To appreciate the fresh fruit flavours this wine will best be enjoyed from 2018 to 2020, but the firm acid structure will allow this wine to age gracefully, and with careful cellaring has the potential to be relished far beyond this.