2016 Sandpiper Riesling
The colour is pale straw with a green hue on release. The aroma is fresh lifted lemon. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the backbone of the wine. The palate has rich citrus flavours, balanced by natural acidity and intense flavour. The wine has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press) within an hour of harvest. Care was taken not to lose the delicate Riesling aromas and flavour pre-cursors in the juice. After settling, the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of Riesling.
Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions slowed down the ripening and allowed the fruit to develop well. Whites from 2016 show good flavour and balance.
Gold at 2016 National Wine Show
Silver at 2016 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2016 Canberra Riesling Challenge
Silver at 2016 IWSC
Bronze at 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Queensland Wine Show
Bronze at 2016 Hobart Wine Show
90 Points – Wine Business Monthly, August 2017
A pale, tense and precise Eden Valley riesling coiled and tense in its youth, with medium-term potential. Understated lemon, lime and Grannysmith apply fruit, will blossom in time.
91 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2018
Stacked with varietal flavours of lime, lemon and fresh cut Granny Smith apple, grainy acidity providing the necessary structure and cleansing finish.
92 Points – Wine Business Monthly, May 2017
This is pretty drinking. The wine offers classic Eden characters of lemon blossom, mixed citrus peel, Bickfords Lime Cordial in bouquet. The palate takes a similar tack, frisky with grapefruity acidity, juicy with more Bickfords lime going on, and offers pristine flavours through its good, refreshing length. A kiss of sweetness to close heightens drinkability. Nicely done
17.5/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of pure lime fruit and white florals, integrated with subtle thirst-quenching, wet-stone mineral elements. This is refined in expression with delicate detail. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is slender with good depth of mouthwatering lime, floral and mineral flavours. The palate flows along a fine, chalky-textured line with fresh, balanced acidity in the background. The wine carries to a light, nuanced, dry finish of citrus fruits and minerals. This is a light and slender dry Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a chalky-textured, mouthwatering palate.
4 1/2 Stars / Equal top in class - Winestate Magazine
An ultra-youthful wine probably best to drink with a few years of age on it. Tight closed nose and very tight and intense citrus palate. Good understanding of the variety.