Spy Valley Envoy Riesling

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Aroma: Orange blossom, tangerine and ripe nectarines. Nuances of almond and wet stone.
Palate: A soft entry leads to a sustained, chalky texture. There are elements of complexity, however citrus fruit concentration is the defining feature.
Cellaring: Expect good things with time in the bottle – the acid and phenolic structure are conducive to ageing, and we expect this wine will reward cellaring for at least 5-10 years.

A small, selective hand pick of clean, ripe bunches. Gently drained and pressed after overnight skin contact. Initiated ferment in old oak barrel before being transferred to stainless and allowed to ferment naturally through the winter. Rested on full lees prior to bottling in January 2018.

2017 was a challenge. After an excellent early Summer, the sun went on intermittent holiday and during harvest, picking was fast and furious between outbreaks of rain. Riesling developed flavour ripeness nicely, with lower sugar ripeness, and crisp balanced acids. Hand selection and picking of fruit within “D” block allowed the ripest clean bunches to be set aside for Envoy.


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