Opening with spicy aromas of cinnamon and white florals, wild yeast fermentation has accentuated the intensity of the bouquet. On the palate, classic Riesling characters of citrus and mineral notes complement the light spice. This finishing dry and mouthwatering with clean acidity. Up to 10 years in the cellar will no doubt reveal a different beast; as with previous vintage of Delatite Riesling, toasty and honey characters will develop over time spent in-bottle.
Awards & Accolades
2014 Vintage: 93 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion "Gleaming straw-green; has bell-clear varietal character from start to finish set in a delicate frame, the components of fruit and acidity in perfect balance, the palate elongated by the freshness of the lime-accented fruit."
From the Winery
The fruit was hand-picked in late March and early April, whole bunch pressed and allowed to briefly settle. This removes the heavy solids from the juice, whilst retaining many of the lighter solids that are a wonderful source of nutrient for the yeast.
A small portion of the wine was fermented in large old oak puncheons to add some further complexity to the wine. All of the juice was fermented by our natural wild yeasts and then racked off its lees at the end of fermentation. The wine was prepared for bottling without any further ‘manipulation’, other than filtration to retain the pristine character of our delicate Riesling.
The nose of this wine shows lovely delicate floral aromatics that are typical of all Delatite Rieslings whilst the palate has layers of lemon rind and lemon blossom with fine talcy structure and a fresh acid finish.
This wine can be drunk in its youth, but like all great Rieslings, it will age easily for ten years. Should be wonderful for up to twenty years, developing fabulous toasty honey characters, that Riesling is famous for.
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