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.
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.
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.
Escarpment’s Artisan range is a commitment to the future expansion of our key varieties. Exploring boundaries has always been part of our philosophy and is exhibited in our winemaking approach.
A single vineyard Riesling from our own Te Muna Road site. Grown on the alluvial gravel terrace soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a challenging growing season for the district.
A smaller crop and warm summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully, producing powerful opulent wine with the lime oral zest Riesling is renowned for.
After many years of traditional stainless steel fermentation we have decided to evolve our Riesling approach to include barrel fermentation and lees contact, enhancing texture and mouth feel. A dry style (1g/l residual sugar) has been created, ideally to be enjoyed as an aperitif for something to liven up the taste buds.
It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’ s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.
grava Riesling is cold macerated on skins for a short time, then gently pressed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks with a small barrel component. The resulting wine has enticing aromas, great texture, and a strong acid backbone, which will ensure graceful ageing over the coming years.
The 2015 grava Riesling is distinguished by its citrus fruit character and a crisp mineral finish.
This Riesling is made in an off-dry style to enhance the natural sweet fruit flavours this variety has to offer. It has all the hallmarks which in time will develop the delicious oily characters attributed to the great Rieslings of the world, fabulous fresh summer drinking but also with great aging potential. This has a light oak treatment to add mouth feel & complexity, with floral aromas that lead into vibrant honeyed and lime characters with beautifully balanced acids and a flinty mineral interest on the palate.
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a perfumed nose with pear, lemon, honey aromas, and a hint of stone fruit. The palate is mineral with flavours of lemon and honey. Textured and complex wine with balanced acidity and off-dry sweetness.
Exhibits typical regional characteristics of citrus fruits with notes of mineral and honey. Off-dry, the wine is soft-textured and finishes crisp and fresh.
An enticing aroma of white florals, lime and savoury apple. Medium bodied, off-dry in style, with intense citrus, lemon-barley and marmalade flavors, showing good depth. Drink now or age for 6 years and let the wine show the developing complexities of a great Riesling.
A rich, aromatic, dry Riesling with exotic citrus, floral and honeysuckle flavours.
The nose is softly concentrated with aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with white florals and soft musky botrytis notes, unfolding hints of piquant herbs and minerals
The palate has an elegant heart with flavours of lime fruit entwined with white floral detail, hints of honeysuckle and musk, with suggestions of herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively, and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line with good energy to a dry, lingering finish. This is a soft and detailed off-dry Riesling with lime and floral fruit with honey and musk notes on a fine-textured, refreshing palate
Named in honour of John’s great, great grandmother, born somewhere in the southern ocean en-route to New Zealand in 1849 and entered in the ships log as “the ocean child”.
Delightfully aromatic and fruity with citrus lime and mineral overtones. Off-dryi n style, this wine has a lovely fresh and delicate palate with the lemon/lime character following through ...
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