Nelson 'Sweet Agnes' Riesling 2010
• TROPHY ‘NZ Sweet Wine over £10’:
Decanter World Wine Awards, UK, 2011
• GOLD: Decanter World Wine Awards, UK, 2011
• 95 Points: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ, 2011
• Silver: Sommelier Wine Awards, UK, 2011
• Pure Silver: Air NZ Wine Awards, NZ, 2010
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 38°Brix
Date of Harvest: April 2010
pH of Wine: 3.05
T.A of Wine: 10.9g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 180g/L
The Brightwater Vineyard was planted with Riesling in 1999. These vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard, where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps to restrict the plant's vigour and crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics, we removed leaves to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone.
Using 100% Riesling fruit, the grapes were hand selected at the peak of ripeness with a large portion of the fruit shrivelled and raisined, caused by natural dehydration. The grapes were then gently pressed to release a very concentrated intensely flavoured juice. The sweetness level of the juice was 38° Brix.
The fermentation was initiated immediately and continued for about two and a half weeks. During this time, the wine was monitored and tasted regularly. The young wine was then filtered and stabilised before bottling in August 2010. The residual sugar in the wine is 180g/L.
The 2010 Sweet Agnes is another beauty! The wine is succulent and so appealing with intense perfume of fresh spring freesias and blossoms, mandarin peel and honey dew. The palate has a full and luscious entry packed with ripe stonefruit and citrus. The pure natural acidity streak gives a neat sleekness to the wine and complements the palate intensity leaving a clean well finished wine. Just gorgeous!
Bottle Size: 375ml
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