GOLD: New World Wine Awards 2016, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 17.1°Brix
Date of Harvest: 17 March 2015
pH of Wine: 2.95
T.A of Wine: 10.1g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 17g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The fruit selected for our first vintage of the Lighter* Alcohol Old Coach Road Riesling is from our Redwood Valley vineyard. This unirrigated vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 10 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
In the vineyard, leaves were removed from around the fruiting zone to allow light penetration and air movement around the ripening bunches. Parcels of fruit were picked when flavours and grape acids were nicely in balance, giving fruit with intensely varietal flavours and a fresh, lasting acidity, but at a lower initial natural grape sweetness.
This is our first vintage of an Old Coach Road Lighter Riesling, which compliments our lighter alcohol Sauvignon Blanc in the Old Coach Road range. The Riesling is crisp and instantly embraces you with attractive floral notes. The palate is full and flavoursome with layers of fruit, flint and minerality. Lovely lemon like acidity cuts through the juicy natural fruit sweetness on the palate.
*This Riesling is lighter in alcohol compared to Old Coach Road Riesling 2015.
"Lifted aromas of lemon curd, mandarin, nectarine and floral lead to a vibrant palate that is zesty and lively...”
90 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2017