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Bannockburn, Central Otago, with its temperate continental climate and southerly latitude (45å¡ South) has proved ideal for classically styled Riesling. Our Bannockburn Riesling vineyard is truly amazing. Just one hectare of land wedged between our gently sloping Pinot Noir vineyard and the edge of Bannockburn Creek; it slopes precipitously at 30å¡ plus towards the northwest sun. So steep is it that only our most experienced tractor driver dares to mow the grass; most work being done by hand. The vineyard is divided in half into two distinctly different terroir; to the north, classic Central Otago wind-blown glacial derived fine powdery loess; whilst the southern half is all slate ‰ÛÒ it gleams like the roofs of a row of houses in Bernkastel on the Mosel. Two distinctly different terroir: (1) classic Central Otago loess giving grapes with pure green apple, dry herb aromas, crisp, malic acid tasting, acidity ‰ÛÒ fresh, clean and precise; and (2) Southern Alps schist with citrus and floral aromas, fresh acidity and that amazing ‰ÛÏslatey‰ minerality. The result, a truly fascinating amalgam of classic Riesling aromas, pristine acidity and a drying, almost salty, minerality. No wonder wine lovers love Riesling so much!
My 2012 Bannockburn Riesling delivers everything I love about this most noble of white grape varietals. Abundant ripe Granny Smith apple plus lemon flavours, with just a hint of aromatic herbs; ‰ÛÏwild thyme‰, that classic Central Otago terroir character. To taste: vibrant, fresh and alive with concentrated fruit sweetness (little wonder at a meager 3t/Ha), crisp pH/acid counter-balance with minerally steely after taste. This is ‰ÛÏclass‰ Riesling that makes all the efforts we‰۪ve put into growing it worthwhile - enjoy now or for many years hence.
NZ International Wine Show 2013 -åÊBronze Medal
Raymond Chan 5 Stars,åÊ18.50/20
From 1 ha of vines on a steep north-west facing slope in Bannockburn with loess and schist soil types, cool-fermented to 11.0% alc. and 12 g/L rs. Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is softly full with aromas of white florals and gentle lime fruit, delicate honeysuckle and talc notes, and chalk nuances. Medium-dry to taste, soft flavours of limes, white florals, honey and sherbet show with a delicate richness. The mouthfeel is soft and chalky in texture, but underlined by mouthwatering acidity that provides liveliness and vibrancy to the palate. There is excellent tension as the flavours flow to a very long, lingering and softly refreshing finish. This is a beautifully soft-textured and gently mouthwatering medium-dry Riesling with subtle floral and honied notes. Serve as an aperitif or with mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 4-5+ years. 180 cases made. 18.5/20 May 2013 RRP $30.00
Bob Campbell MW, 89/100 4 Stars
‰ÛÏFull-flavoured Riesling in a medium/dry style. It features ripe apricot and other tropical fruit flavours together with some lemon zest/citrus and bready lees characters. Interesting and appealing wine.‰ Michael Cooper, 4 Stars ‰ÛÏFrom Forrest Estate, the 2012 vintage (4*) was grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago. Harvested at 20.4 brix, it is invitingly scented, with strong lemon/lime flavours, hints of apricots and spices, a gentle splash of sweetness (12 grams/litre residual sugar) and fresh, finely balanced acidity. Showing excellent depth, delicacy and harmony, it's an obvious candidate for cellaring.‰