2020 Row X Row Riesling
The vinification techniques used for our Riesling remained very traditional. The fruit was harvested just after midnight at the coolest part of the day. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed in the winery and the juice was cold settled for 48 hours before being racked, warmed and inoculated with yeast. A cold fermentation was maintained between12 and 14℃ for 14 days. The ferment was halted at 2.5g/L residual sugar to help balance the natural acid and is still considered ‘dry’ in style. The wine was heat and cold stabilised before being bottled early to capture the vibrant fruit character.
The 2020 Riesling is pale straw yellow with a slight green hue. Pretty and perfumed in the glass with a delightful combination of green apple, citrus fruit and traces of white nectarine. The palate is sublime with juicy and succulent fruit. This generosity is balanced with natural acid making for a very smooth and seamless experience, all the way to the finish.
The growing season for the 2020 vintage can be described as chaotic and difficult, to say the least! It began very well with late autumn, winter and early spring rainfall near average. Earlier than normal irrigation led to very good canopy development. As spring progressed, rainfall diminished substantially and temperatures were above average until the last week of January, with several intense heatwaves. Conditions moderated through late summer and early autumn, with average temperatures at least one degree below the long term and rainfall negligible until the end of April. Vintage began in the third week of February, and was a drawn-out affair, finishing in April and lacking the frantic activity of the very short vintages of 2018 and 2019. Of course, the Coronavirus struck during vintage, which threw up many operational challenges. Harvest began on 27 February with the Manjalda Grenache, which appeared to be in excellent condition. This was followed by the Redwind Mataro and Shiraz in the second week of March. The quality of all varieties is exceptional, with great colour and flavours a standout, particularly in the Shiraz. We have been very fortunate in having another vintage of fantastic quality, albeit, with very low yields.