Damsteep Riesling 2015
A rich and textural Riesling showing ripe apricot & stone fruit flavours with more austere mineral and citrus lime characters. A serious Riesling with cellaring potential 93 points.
Bob Campbell MW
Pale straw, it is mouthfilling and fleshy, in a dryish style with concentrated, peachy flavours, slightly spicy, gingery and honeyed, finely balanced acidity, and excellent vigour and harmony. 4.5 stars.
A firmly structured, mouth-wateringly dry riesling destined to evolve beautifully. 5 Stars.
Wine Orbit, Sam Kim.
Fruit for this Riesling is sourced from our Damsteep Vineyard which is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi saddle.. is hillside vineyard was planted in 1999 on clay and limestone rich soils. e soils in the Riesling vineyard are very dense brown to orange in color and inter bedded with sandstones and subordinate limestone horizons. is 2.2 hectare hillside vineyard has a vine density of more than 5000 vine per hectare.
A mild and quite dry winter lead into a long cool spring. Vineyards were slow to spring to life as soil temperatures remained low and sunshine was scarce. Around the middle of December the summer switch was flicked and days became warm and dry. Vine leaves moved from pale to dark green as they soaked up the summer rays ripening the small clusters as they moved from inflorescences to grapes. Although flowering was a little later than usual, progress was made, and by harvest the grapes contained juice with early season freshness and late season richness.
Hand harvested from March 31 to May 5 2015
Harvest 10.0 Tons vine
Yield 1.6 kg/
TA 6.6-8.1g/L pH 3.02-3.18