MAIN DIVIDE Riesling 2019

MAIN DIVIDE Riesling 2019

MAIN DIVIDE Riesling 2019

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Main Divide is the local name for the Southern Alps and is the backbone of the South Island, where grapes for Main Divide are exclusively sourced. Vineyards have been selected for their quality and ability to express unique regional flavours.

 

The Season

Settled weather in North Canterbury during December provided optimal conditions for flowering. A very hot summer then enabled the fruit to ripen beautifully. Our free draining stony soil helped mitigate the effects of some late summer rain, and the ensuing dry autumn meant the fruit was able to be picked in excellent condition.

 

The Harvest and winemaking
The grapes were left to hang until late March and purposely picked with a portion of noble botrytis. The free run juice was then slowly fermented at cool temperatures to help the wine retain its vibrant fruit characters and varietal purity. During this time daily tasting was undertaken to assess levels of
acidity, alcohol and residual sweetness, with the fermentation being stopped once the right balance was achieved. Winemaking was intentionally kept to a minimum to allow the vintage, variety, and vineyard to express itself harmoniously. At all stages, from fermentation to bottling, the wine was
handled very carefully to help it retain a little of its naturally dissolved carbon dioxide. This may result in a small amount of spritzig when first poured, accentuating the freshness and liveliness of the wine.

 

The Wine
On release the colour is lemon-straw. Beautiful delicate aromas greet the nose, with mandarin zest, white peach, lime sherbet and pineapple at the fore, interlaced with jasmine, citrus blossom, spicy notes, and a mineral core. The palate is wonderfully weighted, rich and supple, contrasted by bright acidity and a zesty mouthfeel. There is a racy freshness that energises the wine, creating a satisfying tension which compliments its off-dry finish.

 

REGION | Waipara Valley

VARIETAL | Riesling

VINTAGE | 2019

VOLUME | 750ml

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