Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Director / Winemaker: Matt Thomson

As many of you know - I enjoy Riesling in all its forms - and with the stunning summer many of us have been enjoying over the past weeks, what better way to refresh the taste-buds before enjoying the 'catch of the day' or a summer salad. Riesling is a variety which is highly ‘terroir-expressive’, meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin. The fruit for this wine was sourced from the notoriously stony 'Falcon Vineyard', in the Rapaura district of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.

 

The Falcon Vineyard was the foundation site for Lake Chalice Wines, and on part of an old river course. The vines must be carefully coaxed and nurtured to grow on these stony, sandy soils. Harvest yields are low but the fruit is intensely flavoured, hence their motto: “let the fruit do the talking”. The grapes were picked on the 5th of April at 19.2 brix to retain the fresh citrus flavours. After pressing the fruit underwent a long, cool controlled fermentation which was stopped with 27 grams of sugar per litre remaining to give the wine a low alcohol of 9%.
Have your sunglasses handy when pouring this wine - as in the glass you are greeted by a bright, pale straw colour. On the nose - the wine has a delicate aroma, alive with fresh citrus characters of sweet lime and mandarin with subtle white floral notes. The palate has great structure and nicely balanced natural acidity which lead to a lively and lingering finish. Best served lightly chilled 8 - 10°C.

A racy and refreshing Riesling.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing as an aperitif, with shellfish, Asian cuisine, or a summer salad, enjoy.