2011 Whitehaven Noble Riesling
Colour / Appearance:Rich yellow-gold.
Aroma / Bouquet:Some of Riesling’s varietal citrus, lime flavours along with complex apricot honey and beeswax flavours from the botrytis influence.
Palate:The palate is luscious and concentrated, with layers of honey and dried fruit flavours. The finish has a pleasing acid freshness.
Cellaring:Should develop nicely over the next 10 years.
Food Match:A great accompaniment for rich, soft cheeses and sweet deserts.
Serve:Serve lightly chilled.
Residual Sugar:185 g/L
Titratable Acidity:6.9 g/L
Harvest Date:23rd May 2011
Climate:The early ripening season was mild and dry. Favourable conditions over budburst lead to a good fruit set. Wetter weather over late December caused rapid growth and a need for careful canopy management. The later part of the season was both warm and dry, with cool nights to retain acid freshness and delicate flavours. The fruit reached full maturity and optimum ripeness just before intermittent wet spells and dry, bright days allowed for botrytis development.
Vine Management:Sourced from the Conders Bend area, the fruit was grown on a standard two cane trellis system. Shoot and fruit thinning was carried out to ensure a healthy canopy and ripe fruit flavours.
Winemaking:The fruit was hand picked and carefully sorted in the vineyard. At the winery it was destemmed and crushed to a bag press and left overnight to allow the juice to soak up flavours from skins and botrytis. A long slow press cycle followed to ensure full extraction of juice and flavours. The juice was clarified naturally, before inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The ferment was stopped at a point to balance the luscious sweetness with the acid and alcohol.