On a hot day our Ritz is supposed to conjure up notions like sassy and foxy – by definition female attributes and certainly the demographic that instinctively loves this wine. It’s partly the 30g/l of sweetness but also the light hit of carbon dioxide fizzing gently underneath those racy citrus flavours.
Ragtime contains 15g/l residual sugar. The demographic that responds to this mouthfilling, accessible wine is the Great Majority, those occupying the middle ground and all adventurous beer drinkers trying to transition to a superior beverage. This is just code for easy drinking. But Ragtime is more than this undemanding metaphor. Being a riesling, it’s primary job is to be refreshing. Unless our winemaker has dropped the ball our rieslings are always zippy and zesty regardless of the level of residual sugar. Try lemons, limes and sometimes granny smith apples. Lovely floral nose. Ragtime goes further by incorporating 10% of the botrytised fruit which appears on the vine late, during autumn. This imparts the pleasant, unctuous mouthfeel and a honeyed character to the trembling taste buds. Equally at home for sybaritic sipping, or with spicy dishes. Cellar Ragtime with confidence for 4-5 years .
In our tasting room we tend to describe Rallentando as a ‘serious’ Riesling. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun drinking it! Rather, it is supposed to indicate that because of the racy acidity, it is designed to accompany rich, seriously crafted cuisine which is what punters get at Coney Trio Restaurant. Alternatively, drinking it casually in hedonistic company with the attendant light banter is considered a small breach of etiquette. My, aren’t we getting fussy.
The pale golden colour reflects that of freshness and rigor. Tropical peach and kiwifruit characters reflect the warmer vintage in 2018. However, since we picked this very early - 14 March, we were able to maintain the subtle fragrancies we seek out in Riesling; lime sherbet, lemon zest and apple blossom. The additional benefit of an early harvest is that we retain a strong mineral acidity, which manifests on the nose in the form of wet river rocks and citrus blossom.
The palate follows a similar pattern to the nose: dense with a touch of sweetness at the entrance which makes it feel broad, with ripe fruit flavours. We often see the more tropical influence from our Craighall block 5 Riesling, which is planted with a better aspect to the sun. Craighall block 6 Riesling is planted perpendicular to block 5, east/west, causing more shading of the fruit. This brings out a palate that is long and drawn out with chalky phenolics which highlight the textural feel of the wine. The acidity creates a fresh tension to firm up the wine and show a linear and horizontal structure. This firm acidity helps to salivate the mouth and drive the wine creating a long finish, which makes it a good food matching wine.
Expect this wine to further evolve for optimal drinking pleasure after three to five years.
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