Our aged release program started back in 2006 when we set aside a few cases of our key varieties, Riesling & Pinot Noir, with the intention of releasing them in 2016, 10 years later. Stock has been set aside every vintage since with a release date of around August each year. The inspiration for this came from the desire to offer our customers the opportunity to taste these wines in full maturity, something that is relatively rare these days. We consider this to be a particularly satisfying time to experience these wines with the added complexities of bottle age, while still offering years of good drinking ahead.
An exceptionally early budburst was brought about by a very mild spring. Warm summer days with cool nights and a balmy, dry autumn produced healthy, perfectly ripened grapes with vibrant fruit ﬂavours. It was a splendid season in general and an exceptional one for riesling, producing wines of high quality.
It is lemon in colour, with a bouquet packed full of citrus, particularly the orange zest that so defines North Canterbury Rieslings. There are also hints of stone-fruit, lychees, pineapple and tropical spices. The wine is satisfyingly concentrated, however there is a core of minerality and tangy acidity, which ﬂows through the palate, helping to draw out its length and complement its off-dry finish.
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