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Family Estates Cowslip Valley Noble Riesling

Select Vintage

2016

Grape:

Riesling

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley vineyard

Recommended Food:

Firm and semi firm cheeses, dried fruit and nuts.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-8 years

Production Notes:

Botrytised bunches of Riesling were selected by hand on the 27th of May. The grapes were crushed and allowed to steep for 12 hrs before a gentle squeezing for a further 4hrs. 20% was fermented in new French oak with the balance in tank. After 6 months the wine was assembled and bottled.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.0%
TA: 6.6g/l
pH: 3.45
Residual Sugar: 101g/l

Tasting Notes:

A noble nose of stone fruits and toffee with varietal notes of lemon blossoms and lime. Rich and mouth-filling but still fresh and precise. Honey, citrus and floral elements linger long on the finish where the botrytis bite brings focus. Perfect balance.

Technical

Alcohol:

12.00%

Clonal Selection:

Giesenhiem 110

Fermentation:

Fermented by Torulaspora delbrückii

Fermentation Vessel:

Barrel (new & old french) & tank

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Casein

Grape:

Riesling

Harvest Analysis:

31.7 Brix; pH 3.30; TA 6.0 g/L

Harvest Dates:

27th May

Harvest Method:

Hand picked

Malolactic:

No

Maturation:

5 months on lees

pH:

3.45

Processing:

Selection of Botrytised (Noble) bunches

Residual Sugar:

101.0 g/l

TA:

6.6 g/l

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley vineyard

Year:

2016

Awards

5 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

SILVER MEDAL – Canberra International Riesling Competition 2017

4 STARS, 90 POINTS – Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz , Feb 2017

SILVER MEDAL – International Wine Challenge China 2019

Reviews

“Full, light golden straw-yellow colour with good depth, a little lighter on the rim.  This has a softly full nose with rich aromas of ripe citrus fruit interwoven with layers of honey and nectar, marmalade and musk.  Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and lusciously decadent flavours of ripe citrus and tropical fruits along with marmalade, honey and musk.  The flavours are stylishly restrained, but the palate possesses an unctuous mouthfeel and rounded core.  The wine carries with good drive and line, and fresh lacy acidity to a long, honeyed finish.  This is a stylishly rich and unctuous Noble Riesling with citrus, tropical fruit, apricot marmalade and honeyed flavours.  Match with fruit desserts, and light, baked desserts over the next 4+ years.”
5 STARS
– Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

“Moderately sweet Riesling, with restrained botrytis adding a honeyed and slightly waxy influence to ripe varietal flavours including lime, citrus, apricot and peach.  An accessible wine with reasonably soft acidity.”
4 STARS
90 POINTS
– Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz Feb 2017

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