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Riesling - Duffers Creek 2016

The tasting notes

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Central Otago's Domain Road Vineyard, near Bannockburn, is sited in a sheltered valley which provides a unique micro-climate, ideal for producing premium wines.

Focusing on the terroir of the vineyard we planted our Riesling vines in the lower region of the vineyard where 19th century gold miners left an area of exposed mineral rich ‘pipe clay’, the remnants of an 8 million year old lake bed.

Duffers Creek is a small creek situated about 20 minutes drive from Domain Road Vineyard on Happy Valley Station. The creek runs into Bannockburn creek and on into Lake Dunstan at Bannockburn. The Crosbie family spent many summers with friends camping here, using an old miners house as a base.

The Wine

Hand harvested in April 2016, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and after inoculation with selected wine yeast underwent fermentation in a stainless steel tank. The fermentation was stopped to retain 20g/L residual sugar. 

Pale straw with clear hues our Duffers Creek Riesling provides fragrant aromas of apricot, lemon and lime with hints of melon and mandarin. Sweet citrus flavours on the palate such as tangerine and mandarin along with lemon zest.  The wine achieves an excellent balance between fruit sweetness and zingy acidity. 

A softer. more mellow wine than our dry Riesling it provides an interesting contrast in styles.  

" Delicious now...light lemon/green, with slightly toasty, bottle aged notes emerging.  It is vibrantly fruity, with penetrating, citrus, apple, slightly sweet flavours. Finely poised and long"  Winestate Magazine 

" Delicious …..with bottle-aged notes emerging, light bodied and fruity with penetrating, citrusy, apply, slightly sweet flavours, well balanced and lingering." - Michael Cooper. 

Download wine notes here.

Variety 100% Riesling
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
Vineyards  Domain Road and Defiance
Harvest Date 31st March - 7th April 2016
Alcohol 10.5%
Residual Sugar 20g/L
Ph 2.86
TA 8.8g/L