Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2016

A textural palate with chalky phenolics underlying fresh citrus and clover honey flavours. The residual sugar gives a sweet flush on the mid palate, but the wine finishes dry

Winemakers:
Matt Thomson & Hamish Clark

Block: 9
The name of this wine reflects its six foot ten-inch vineyard owner John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John.

Region:
Woodbourne - south western end of the Blenheim Airport runway.

Terrior:
Soils: Even, free draining alluvial soils of moderate fertility.
Topography: Relatively flat with the property divided by a small tributary of the Fairhall River. The vineyard sits 40m above sea level.
Climate: Located within the valley floor this block enjoys high sunshine hours with low disease pressure due to dry North West winds.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
Moderated vigour from the older alluvial soils sees a relatively slow ripening phase giving good flavour concentration, distinct citrus and mineral notes and excellent fruit weight on the palate.

Viticulture:
Two cane vertical shoot positioning (VSP), irrigated when necessary.

Winemaking:
The grapes were lightly whole bunch pressed and the free run juice was briefly settled then fermented at cool temperatures with a selected yeast strain to enhance aromatics. The must was tasted daily and the fermentation stopped when the residual sugar perfectly balanced the natural acidity. The wine remained on lees for a couple of months with occasional stirring to create texture, then was racked, lightly fined, stabilized and filtered.

Colour:
Pale lemon.

Aroma:
Fragrant aromas of muddled lime, lemonade and mandarin.

Palate:
A textural palate with chalky phenolics underlying fresh citrus and clover honey flavours. The residual sugar gives a sweet flush on the mid palate, but the wine finishes dry.

Cellaring:
This wine will improve with careful cellaring for at least five years from the vintage date.

Analysis:
Alcohol: 9% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 8.5g/litre, Residual Sugar: 40g/L, pH: 2.92.

Food Match:
Enjoy on its own as an aperitif or with Asian spiced pork.

NZ$25.90