2014 Sandpiper Riesling
The colour is pale straw with a green hue on release. The aroma is fresh lifted lemon with floral bath salt like tones. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the backbone of the wine. The palate has good fruit weight balanced by natural acidity. The wine has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence. This wine can be enjoyed young and fresh or carefully cellared for up to and possibly beyond 2020 to show delicious aged Riesling characters.
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.
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity. Harvest occurred in the third week of March (within two days of the 2013 harvest date).
Bronze at 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2015 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Bronze at 2014 Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2014 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition
JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016
90 Points - 'Pale quartz; a floral, blossom-filled bouquet, with a passing hint of musk, leads into a crisp palate with balanced acidity and good length.'
MARGOT MUIR, ASPIRE, FEBRUARY 2015
'How do you describe Riesling? Just think of the five F’s: fruity, floral, fine, finesse, finish. It’s a great all-rounder. And when that is all packed into a 750ml bottle for $19, you are on a winner. On the nose is lemon citrus and floral bath salts. The palate is bright ripe lemon with crisp minerally acid forming the backbone of the wine. It has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence. Enjoy this wine young and fresh or carefully cellar for five to seven years.’