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Dry River Craighall Riesling 2018

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.