Estate Botrytis Riesling

Vintage 2012
Region Eden Valley
Winemaker Teresa Heuzenroeder
Harvested 11 & 17th May 2012
Oak Treatment
Alcohol 11.0
Total Acid 7.5
pH 3.22

The Heggies Vineyard is blessed with a number of different meso climates across the site, with slope and aspect causing significant variances. The vineyard parcel for the Botrytis Riesling almost chooses itself, situated on a gentle westerly slope with trees providing shelter on three sides and a dam forming the border at the base of the vineyard. These factors lead to humid, still conditions with morning fogs that are perfect for the development of botrytis cinerea.

The botrytised grapes were selectively hand harvested with the fruit showing pure finesse, richness and balance. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice given a cool, even fermentation to ensure the retention of the pure fruit characters.

Light gold with green-gold tints. Subtle and delicate aromas of white flowers, cumquat, hints of nutmeg and cardamom. These aromas will develop more complexity and richness over time moving to beeswax, marmalade, and candied citrus zest. Elegantly restrained with a subtle lusciousness on the mid palate. Flavours of dried citrus, stone fruits and fresh beeswax are complemented by a fine seam of mineral acidity that adds a textural note to the finish.

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"This doesn’t occur every year, but when it does we get these classic notes of apricots and glacé fruits, with superb balance.” Winemaker, Peter Gambetta