2010 Sandpiper Riesling
The wine is pale straw in colour. The nose is bright and lifted with lime juice, perfumed floral notes and honeysuckle characters. The palate is crisp, clean with vibrant, zingy lemon zest flavours combined with a hint of lime leaf. There is good mouthfeel, balanced with citrus fruits and natural acidity.
Crushed, de-stemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used and ferment commenced using French yeast at 12-15 degrees Celsius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all natural varietal flavours and aromatic qualities. The wine was racked, filtered and then bottled soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape/terrior from which it was made.
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles for whites.
Drink now or cellar comfortably for 10 plus years.
Gold at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2011 International Wine Challenge (IWC) London
Bronze at 2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90 Points - The best wine under this label I have tasted should flesh out and age with grace. Already developing some smokiness and toastiness, its delicate scent of white flowers, peach, apple and lemon rind precedes a long, even and brightly flavoured palate. With a fine underlying chalkiness and a pleasing length of fresh, if uncomplicated lime, lemon and apple flavour, it finishes with fine balance and tangy, citrusy acids.
Wine Spectator June 2011
90 Points - 'bright and jazzy, with tangerine peel notes around a lively core of green apple and lime. The dry finish lingers generously.' Drink now - 2018.
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2011 Edition
James Halliday, August 2010
92 Points; Light straw-green; an elegant and crisp riesling, with floral counterpoints of apple, herb and lime/lemon on the bouquet, and citrus, minerally acidity on the palate. Will undoubtedly develop well in bottle. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Drink 2019.
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