This Riesling was made from fruit grown on mature vines, in the limey clay loams of the Waipara Valley floor – our younger vines grow well on the lighter gravel soils. Harvest is generally late in the season when the Riesling fruit is ripe and clean as this is ideal for development of tangy ripe flavours, while retaining a crisp freshness. These grapes were harvested while cool, then given a long, slow press. The juice was settled, racked and cool fermentation in stainless steel followed. This has produced a full flavoured Riesling with fresh aromas of citrus, and crisp apple along with hints of ginger and spice. These flavours continue into the palate, forming a juicy wine with a perfect balance between sweetness and tangy acidity.
Food Match This Riesling will develop in the cellar for several years, but is equally delicious now with a wide range of foods- seafood and cuisine with Thai and Japanese influences, or as an aperitif with smoked salmon and avocado. Drink this now or cellar for up to eight years.
Reviews by Michael Cooper in NZ Listener Feb 2022 Ataahua Waipara Riesling 2020 4 1/2 Stars Delicious young, this full-bodied, lively wine is rich, with a medium level of sweetness. Bright, light yellow/green, it has concentrated peach and passionfruit flavours, fresh acidity and a slightly honeyed bouquet.
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