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Origin: Riesling is a grape of German origin from the Rhine Valley.  It grows readily in New Zealand and is becoming increasingly popular. It is often made in an ‘off dry’ style where the primary fruit characteristics are retained.

When Riesling is enjoyed young it provides fresh, lively wines which are great as an aperitif, then as time goes on the wine has a wonderful ability open up and develop, offering a wider spectrum of delightful and interesting flavours.

Vicarage Lane Canterbury Riesling 2011pp120411-124412-web

Harvest: The grapes for this Riesling were grown on the limestone based hillsides at Waipara, in the north of the Canterbury province, in New Zealand’s South Island.

The crop was machine harvested and then transported to Christchurch for winemaking by renowned New Zealand winemaker Alan McCorkindale. After gentle pressing the resulting juice underwent fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Released: April 12

Bottled: From April 12

Wine Analysis:
Total Alcohol     12.6%v/v
Titratable Acid   7.1 g/L
Total Sugar        11 g/L

Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas of nectarines, mandarins, lemon zest and summer flowers, typical of fruit from Canterbury’s Waipara vineyards.  The wine is medium-dry, elegant with well balanced acidity, minerality and a fresh lively palate.

Food Matches: An excellent accompaniment to chicken, seafood or pork dishes, or as an appealing aperitif. Try also with spicy Asian food and as a dessert wine.

Vicarage Lane Canterbury Riesling 2010

Released: June 11

Bottled: From June 11

Wine Analysis:
Total Alcohol     11.7%v/v
Titratable Acid   5.8 g/L
Total Sugar        19 g/L

Tasting Notes:  This wine displays intense aromas of fresh Valencia oranges, marmalade, lemon zest and summer flowers, typical of fruit from Canterbury’s Waipara vineyards.  A delicious, balanced, off dry wine with a little sugar and concentrated citrus fruit flavours with a touch of honey.