PROPHETS ROCK DRY RIESLING NEW ZEALAND 2018
CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND
CHAMOMILE ACID APPLE
CLASSIC / 750ML
Handpicked and whole bunch pressed on a long slow cycle. The juice undergoes fermentation in old oak and can sometimes bubble away for as long as four months. The riesling is unbelievablyy complex with crushed apples, chamomile, oak weight and acid for days.
From the Producer: Intense aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with green, crunchy apple and hints of chamomile. The palate is lively and fresh, citrus, apple, and subtle nectarine flavours with zingy acidity and a chalky mineral note on the long, lingering finish.
This wine represents a very small portion of our overall production but has always been a strong focus for Prophet’s Rock. We farm our aromatic whites to the same high standard in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and take time through all aspects of production to ensure that the wine we release is the best reflection of the site it can be. This is a dry style with bright aromatics and great concentration. The freshness and texture make it an easy food match.
We have a little over one hectare of Riesling which is located on our spectacular Rocky Point Vineyard. This very steep site has schist-based soil with high mineral content and low vigour. The Riesling block has a northerly aspect with large rafts or slabs of solid schist throughout.
A strong focus on viticulture is the foundation of the winemaking approach. Yields consistently average 28-30hl/ha or approximately 3.5-4ton/hl. In the vineyard this equates to one bunch maximum per shoot, no shoulders or wings, and a further green-thin at veraison.
The handpicked fruit is 100% whole-bunch pressed over 5-6 hours and fermented using only indigenous ‘wild’ yeast in old barrels. Fermentation typically takes 3-4 months, and the finished wine is then aged without racking on gross lees until bottling just before the following vintage. The wine is bottled under Diam cork and is only released after at least one year in bottle.
I worked as winemaker at Kuentz-Bas in Alsace, and it is this experience that has helped shape my approach with aromatic whites here in Central Otago
I believe that on a foundation of low-yield, Riesling provides one of the most site-expressive wines in the world. Since first release this wine has been one of the strongest preforming Riesling in Central Otago.
It gets the same meticulous treatment in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and our yields are extremely low, creating a concentrated expression of our unique site. Averaging only 300 cases per vintage, our Dry Riesling is a rare find. The vinification is heavily influenced by Paul’s time in Alsace, where use of wild yeast, multiple small vessels and long ageing are the norm.
After lengthy slow ferments, the various components are aged on their yeast lees before bottling. The wine is cellared for at least two years before release. This wine has been extremely well-reviewed since the first release in 2006.
MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER STRASSER WEINBERGE RIESLING 2017
LINE FRESH EXCITING
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
A short maceration period before being whole bunch pressed and aged in predominately large format oak. A long slow ferment offers generous high notes. A beautifully balanced Riesling with texture, acid and aromatic power.
From the Distributor: Certified Organic. 100% Riesling. Sourced from 3 vineyards. Kammerner Gaisberg on primary rock (Gföhler Gneis), Zöbinger Gaisberg on primary rock (Gföhler Gneis), and Strasser Wechselberg Spiegel on primary rock (granite). Vineyards are at altitudes between 230-360 meters planted between 1986 and 2010. Whole bunch pressing, maceration up to 12 hours on skins before pressing. Fermentation with native yeasts and aged for 10 months mainly in large neutral barrels and partly in stainless steel barrels (20%). Barrels are between 1200-1900 liters and between 2-30 years old. Naturally occurring malo. Sulfur added once (max 20 mg/l)- just before bottling. No fining, smart filtered once (a fine metal mesh to catch large solids). Strasser Weinberge is a protected name for “village wines“ which show you all characteristics of the variety and the village. Grapes are selected from the best vineyard sides in the village and express the diversity and complexity of the origin.
From the Producer: Rooted in our home region Kamptal, we used the freedom from our families... We studied, travelled and spent hours with fascinating people enjoying wine. With rich treasure of great friendships and impressions, we came back to our origin to craft our own wines and walk our paths in the Kamptal. Our wines are the best representatives of what and who we are. They carry our thoughts, our origin and our journeys; they reflect our personality, craft and history.
Because of our experience that nature is the strongest force, we'd love to work with her. Because the knowledge that the soil is the most intelligent part we deal with, we‘ve decided to trust him. Because the beliefs that the plants nourish our soil, we let them grow. With these ideas and confidence we don‘t interact in the cellar, which causes that our wines transport the natural taste of the grape. These decisions we make by ourselves and let our personalities speak in our wines. We think that winemakers are artisans, or even artists. Their work requires creativity, sensitivity and an enormous amount of personality. Everything you would attribute to an artist….. We have made it our task to produce wines that unite origin and passion, wines that arouse curiosity in the wine world across the globe.
GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING GERMANY 2020
BALANCE TYPICAL STONEFRUIT
CLASSIC / TOUCH OF SWEETNESS / 750ML
A whisker of sweetness has given life to this linear slatey Riesling. It offers honeydew melon, stonefruit and a sherbet-like minerality. The wine is named in honour of his late Father, Frtiz who passionately but weingut Gunderloch on the map.
From The Distributor: Fritz's Riesling grows in a very small and special part of Rheinhessen called the Roter Hang, a name meaning “red hill“ due to its red-slate soils. The Roter Hang is located between the village of Nackenheim and the village of Nierstein, 20km south of the city of Mainz. The red colour comes from a high proportion of minerals and iron in the soil. The vineyards are very close to the river Rhine, face south-east and they have steep slopes. The combination of those four factors - the red slate soil, the proximity to the river, the exposure to the sun and the steepness of the vineyards - are perfect for producing wonderful ripeness. The wine shows lovely stone fruit, fresh natural acidity, spice and aromatic lift. Dry, fresh and full of character.
Johannes Hasselbach has well and truly hit his stride after taking the winemaking reins from his late father Fritz a few years back. Warm, charming, modest and brilliant Fritz Hasselbach, who passed away from illness in October 2016, was the man who lifted the estate into the Rheinhessen's top flight. Johannes and the team are taking it even further, turning out stunning wines from top-rated vineyards of the Roter Hang, a steep hill of red slate overlooking the Rhine. The dry Rieslings are intensely concentrated and expressive of the red volcanic soil. The fruity wines are even more so, with their touch of sweetness that acts as a conduit for flavour and aroma. Nackenheimer Rothenberg is one of the great vineyards of Germany
FRANKLAND ESTATE ALTER WEG RIESLING 2020
FRANKLAND RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
GUN TANGERINE CRYSTALLINE
LEFT OF CENTRE / NO SO2 / 750ML
Large format oak + no adds + fruit from one of Australia's best Riesling producers = Alter Weg. A long slow prerss cycle has given a tea-like quality that is sharpened with gun barrel flint and tactile minerality. Voluminous mouth feel with sip indusing acidity.
From the Producer: No additions of any kind are used in the making of Alter Weg Riesling. All riesling grapes are harvested as cool as possible and pressed immediately, slow press cycles allow for soft and long extraction of juice.
Picking decisions are made on ripeness and fruitfulness, with the main aim of working with natural balance yet seeking greater ripeness. A cloudy juice is run to a combination of 1000ltr and 500ltr barrels.
Alter Weg translates to the “old way” describing our approach to this riesling. Ripe balanced riesling fruit is harvested and gently pressed to large format barrel where it undergoes wild yeast fermentation. A further 10 months of aging on full lees in barrel result in a superbly textured riesling with approachability and generosity of fruit supported by the creamy textural element of this vibrant riesling.
Lightly golden colour supports the slightly riper tone and more oxidative approach to juice. Tangerine notes and a seductive saline morishness support the delicate aroma of spice and the juicy ripe citrus tones.
Mineral yet juicy palate, initially a very slight reduction aroma of gun smoke/ironstone gives way to the fruitfulness and volume of this wine as it opens up. Saline and crystalline notes give freshness and brightness which is followed by a soft textural line that gives the wine a fullness and completeness. The tension of this wine masterfully balances the fruitful yet savoury palate with a deliciousness and mouth-watering finish from the fine well-rounded acidity.
The barrel maturation gives the wine a notable roundness and fullness whilst in keeping with the fine line achieved by our organic rieslings at Frankland Estate. A complex balanced Riesling that will gain further complexity with age
MAC FORBES SPRING RIESLING 2018
STRATHBOGIE RANGES VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
MINERAL FRUIT TANG RIESLING
CLASSIC / CONVENTIONAL / CONVENTIONAL
A winning combination of youthful Riesling vines grown on pink quartz soils. A whisker of residual sugar balances out the acid line, offering white flower and citrus oil. One glass isn’t enough.
From the producer- A bit of a deviation from our previous iterations, the 2020 Spring is a wine that speaks very strongly of its vintage. Still marked by the bright floral tones we love in this young vineyard, but with a fuller palate of fleshy stone fruits supported by the chalky structure and a creamy acidity reminiscent of Grandma's famous lemon meringue pie.
HEYMANN LOWENSTEIN RIESLING 2018
ACID LINE PERFUME
CLASSIC / 750ML
The steep slated Lowenstein vineyards are handpicked and whole bunch pressed. A great example of thoughtful Mosel Riesling. Quenching with high floral notes, flint lines and tactful residual sugar. Stunning.
From the Distributor: The Heymann-Löwenstein Riesling bottling comes from declassified grapes from the family's Schieferterrassen vineyards - essentially the premier-cru sites of Hamm and Brückstück. These are very steep slate sites that are organically farmed. The grapes are very gently pressed as whole bunches before indigenous-yeast fermentation (around 30% in old casks, 70% stainless steel) before a long period of lees contact and relatively late bottling.
While unfettered pleasure is the reflex response elicited by classic Mosel Riesling, the often overt power and disorienting range of Heymann-Löwenstein tends to be more thought-provoking. Reinhard Löwenstein views his craft as a creative interplay between climate, soil, vine and grower, culminating in wines that are singular, authentic and complex. The wines he makes with daughter Sarah never fall short on that count, and the 2012s are the most complete we’ve seen.
The descriptor trocken is banned from his vocabulary and anybody foolish enough (not me!) to enquire about levels of residual sugar is duly and properly chastised. He probably considers the alcohol content another irrelevant detail in the greater scheme of things, but the law is an ass and requires that information to be given. What matters to Löwenstein is terroir, and tasting his wines from different plots within the same vineyard, his credo is convincing. Michael Schmidt, jancisrobinson.com
ROCKY GULLY RIESLING 2020 750ML
FRANKLAND RIVER, WEST AUSTRALIA
LINEAR ACID RIESLING
CLASSIC / CONVENTIONAL / CONVENTIONAL
Steely wine showcasing some of the coolest growing climes in Western Australia. Wetting with a host of true to style attributes; lime, just ripe stone fruit, talc.
From the distributor: Frankland River is one of the coolest wine-growing regions in Western Australia. It is situated far from population and industrial centres have no major vine pests or diseases and offer a pristine, pollution-free grape growing environment. Onshore winds off the southern ocean and moderate summer temperatures provide optimum ripening conditions. Rocky Gully wines are made from traditional varieties with an individual approach to winemaking. Developed for the modern lifestyle, these are vibrant, fresh, food-friendly and easy-drinking wines.