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 2017vlrs17_lo_res

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 on 05 May, then transported to Blenheim in the cool of night for winemaking by renowned New Zealand winemaker Alan McCorkindale. After gentle pressing the resulting juice underwent fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Released: July 2017

Bottled: From July 2017

Wine Analysis:
Total Alcohol 11.6 %v/v
Titratable Acid 7.3 g/L
Total Sugar 5.8 g/L

Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas of limes, Seville oranges and yellow 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.

Riesling 2012; Gold medal at the Wines of the Year Competition 2017 in Finland