Greystone Feather Star Riesling 2011
We believe Riesling from the Waipara Valley is some of New Zealand's best. Our ability to get wonderful minerality combined with ripe fruit flavours creates some of the most exciting expressions of this variety on the planet!
A light bright straw colour in the glass leads to an expressive and delicate nose including lime and florals. This low alcohol Riesling offers layers of complexity ranging in flavours from light citrus fruits through to richer manuka honey – all with a touch of sweetness. A long and poised palate is highlighted by minerality throughout. A perfect aperitif wine or match with fragrant South East Asian dishes.
The fruit for our Feather Star Riesling comes from spur pruned vines on “Block 4” of Greystone Vineyard. This block is gently sloping and is on clay soils. We manage these vines differently to other Riesling blocks to allow early picking at ripe flavours but low sugars.
Hand selected bunches of the 198 clone of Riesling grown at Greystone Vineyard were very gently whole-bunch pressed before settling to get clear juice for fermentation. The young wine was racked off lees soon after ferment to retain a fresh and poised palate at 50g/l residual sugar. At 8.5% alcohol this wine is perfect lunchtime drinking over summer. Don’t be fooled however, this wine will gain character with age
Date of Harvest 21st April 2011
Brix at Harvest 19.5
Cellaring 2011 - 2017