Blank Canvas Riesling 2018

TASTING NOTE This wine features bright, balanced acidity that whets the appetite. It brims with flavours of old-fashioned lemonade, Lisbon lemon and honeysuckle and is completed by a zesty, satisfyingly long finish. There is a flush of sweetness on the front of the palate, but its acidity ensures it finishes dry. Its lower alcohol level (8.6% abv) means it is an excellent low-calorie wine option, and a perfect choice to accompany lunch or as a pre-dinner enrichment.

VINTAGE A dry and hot summer looked promising with maturity tracking 2-3 weeks ahead of normal. Significant rainfall in late summer into early autumn provided relief to the vines but also slowed down ripening. Luckily the weather stabilised from mid-Autumn and meant a good final run for fruit hanging on the vine. For our Riesling, the Blind River sub-region escaped a lot of the heavier rainfall and the free draining soils mitigated any impact further. By harvesting earlier we avoid any instability in weather late season, capture the desirable yellow citrus characteristics in the fruit, as well as keep potential alcohol levels low.

VITICULTURE   We love the coastal Blind River sub-region in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough for the mineral-driven, delicate characteristics, and thus we have selected the Anandale Farm single vineyard in this area for our Blank Canvas Riesling.  The complex silty, loam and gravel soils impart a vibrant mineral edge in the wine, while the cool micro-climate makes this vineyard particularly well suited to this style of wine.

WINEMAKING   The grapes were hand harvested and the fruit was gently pressed with the free-run juice only directed to one small tank. The juice was settled naturally and fermented with selected yeast strains in stainless steel at 15˚C. With minimal intervention throughout, the wine was arrested by chilling at ~8.6% alcohol content to obtain the desired balance. With a low total sulphur dioxide addition, the wine was gently filtered and bottled on 26th June 2018.

FOOD MATCH  This wine is a great match with Asian inspired cuisine, especially Thai, as it can handle spice due to its low alcohol level, high acidity and touch of residual sugar which all counter the effects of ‘heating up’ the palate. Try pairing it with dishes such as Thai Green Curry, Spicy Thai Salad, Sashimi, or Hot and Sour Fish Soup.

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL ANALYSES

Alcohol content 8.6% pH 2.9
Residual Sugar 23 g/L Acidity 8.7 g/L

 


ENDORSEMENTS

93 Points / 4.5 Stars “From the Blind River vineyard in the Awatere Valley. A powerful riesling with lime, lemon zest and subtle mineral flavours. Low pH and assertive acidity balances around 23g/l of residual sugar and builds a lovely tension to give a medium-dry finish. An impressive wine that will develop well” Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review. 16/7/2018

18.0+ Points / 4 stars “Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim.  The nose is fresh and delicate with taut and refined aromas of lime fruit, white florals and subtle notes of mouthwatering minerals at the core, revealing nuances of herbs.  The aromatics are youthfully pure with excellent clarity.  Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate has delicate and subtle flavours of lime fruit, white florals with notes of honey and minerals.  The mouthfeel is thirst-quenching with crisp, lacy, brisk acidity and the wine flows along a fine line with good enery and tension, leading to a sustained, nuanced finish.  This is a delicately fruited medium Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a mouthwatering palate.  It will develop over the next 4-5+ years.  Match with Asian fare.  Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Anandale Farm’ vineyard, Blind River, Awatere, fermented in stainless-steel to 8.6 % alc. and 23 g/L RS, TA 8.7 g/L and pH 2.9.  18.0+/20″ Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 15/11/18

4 stars “The pale lemon/green 2018 vintage (4*) is described on the label as a ‘kabinett’ style of Riesling. A single-vineyard, Awatere Valley wine, hand-harvested and bottled by June, it’s still a baby. Light-bodied (8.6 per cent alcohol) and gently sweet (23 grams/litre of residual sugar), with mouth-watering acidity, it has strong, lemony, appley flavours, showing very good delicacy and harmony, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2021+.” Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2019, November 2018

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