Hell Block Riesling 2022 750ml
HELL BLOCK RIESLING 2022Silver lime - honeysuckle – white peach - mandarin - lychee -ginger kiss- crystalline- on point
VintageNorth Canterbury’s warm start to the 2022 vintage was welcome after the challenging frost events of 2021. Bud burst was reasonably early in late September. This was followed by frequent rain events up to flowering, which raised disease pressure throughout the district. This weather also resulted in a patchy flowering and this set a smaller crop for the 2022 harvest. The warm start was tempered by cool weather in the new year as growing degree days dropped significantly to the long term average. This cool weather dragged out the ripening process but allowed for extra vineyard work with increased canopy management and some crop thinning to make sure the fruit had minimal damage from disease and the crop load could be ripened. Settled weather during harvest allowed for very careful picking decisions and the resulting wines are true to site and season.
VinificationOur organically grown grapes are hand harvested then whole bunch pressed genterly over several hours. The must settled overnight before being racked off gross solids, taking only fluffy lees. Fermentation is allowed to proceed slowly at low temperature and stopped when the sugar, acid, alcohol and phenolics are in balance. 10% was wild fermented in old French oak barrels. We hold this wine at a cool te mperature for the remainder of it’s time in the cellar to retain the natural co2 spritz from primary ferment. The wine is racked and spends 6 months on fine lees before bottling.
WinePale green gold with silver streaks. Delicate notes of apple blossom, nectarine, honeysuckle, lime zest - with mineral undertones. On the palate -intense lime, zesty mandarin and ripe red apple. Bright acidity brings freshness and balances with generous fruit sweetness. These two aspects are accentuated by the natural spritz retained from fermentation which provides lift in the mid-palate. Th reprise is long and lingering with a satisfyingly crisp clensing texture.
TechParcel 1: Picked 13/04/22 Parcel 1: Picked 20/04/22 Final Wine: Bottled 16/12/21 pH: 3.02 TA: 9.41 Brix: 19.92 pH: 3.09 TA: 9.15 Brix: 20.93 pH: 2.88 TA: 8.00 Alc: 11.4% RS 23.1g/L
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