2010 SERENDIPITOUS SELECTION
This wine was such an unanticipated pleasure to make. Golden to the eye, with tinges of youth, this wine will surely continue to age magnificently. Intoxicating aromas of citrus zest, along with toasted cashew on the nose coupled with scented blossom & minerality. Citrus is front and centre, kumquat/mandarin with white grape fruit, a hint of yellow stone fruit interwoven through the complex, savoury layered palate. Our hallmark, mineral quality shines throughout, with chalky texture from start to finish helping shape the densely textured palate. The fine, ever present acidity draws a line from the luscious mid palate to the incredibly persistent finish.
In some years, the vineyard can produce some unexpected surprises and 2010 created one in particular. Upon deciding that a part of one of our Riesling blocks had reached optimum flavour-sugar balance, as is the norm, we picked it. We were ecstatic to taste the luscious, sweet-fruit palate of the free run juice, although more than a little surprised to discover its potential alcohol level! We decided to optimise what the vineyard had given us and make a Select Riesling, with thoughts turning to the German Auslese style (literally meaning to select out of the harvest). Although we did not select bunch by bunch, we think the wine is a wonderful expression of our site and fermented to a balance between sugar, alcohol and acid we feel to be nothing short of sublime.
Bottled Mid-September 2010.