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Wild Earth Riesling 2021


This beautifully balanced Riesling is full of inviting aromas of citrus, white flowers, apple blossom, melon, grapefruit peel and green apple. A sweet entry with lime zest, melon and a touch of pink grapefruit. Beautifully balanced, it has a rich front palate that crescendos to a complex, long and mineral finish and the distinctive acidity ensures great potential for aging. Enjoyable at release, this wine will continue to evolve for 8+ years.

Awards and reviews
95 pts, 5 stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (May 2022)
94 pts, excellent – Cameron Douglas MS (June 2022)

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The Waitaki Valley in North Otago is renowned for its limestone rich soils which give great minerality and focus to the wines. The maritime climate makes the North Otago region different to the more highly planted semi- continental Central Otago region and the unique limestone rich soils result in wines with crunchy natural acidity and distinctive minerality.
The 2020-2021 growing season was a season of everything. It started off with drought from Winter, going into the spring there was some frost to fight. Then an excessive amount of norwesterly wind, and rain over the New Year. There was a cooler than usual January followed by good Autumn weather which has resulted in high quality Riesling fruit.

The pristine Riesling grapes were hand harvested from a single vineyard near Lake Waitaki at optimal ripeness on 12 April 2021.  The grapes were whole bunch pressed to a stainless steel tank for cold settling for two days. The juice was then racked and the juice inoculated with selected wine yeast and fermented at cool temperatures to retain the fresh aromatics. The fermentation was stopped at the perfect balance of residual sugar and acidity resulting in a just slightly off-dry wine with a long dry, crisp, and mineral finish.

This wine is vegan.

Alcohol: 12.0%
PH: 2.97
T.A. 7.4 g/L
Residual Sugar: 8.9 g/L

Awards and reviews
95 pts, 5 stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (May 2022)
“Intricate, detailed and pure, this stunning riesling shows white flesh nectarine, lemon sorbet, crunchy apple and white floral nuances on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that’s linear and delightfully flowing. There’s a whisper of sweetness which is perfectly balanced by bright acidity, finishing with impressive line and length. Style: Off-dry. At its best: 2023 to 2034”.

94 pts, excellent – Cameron Douglas MS (June 2022)
“Delicious, refreshing and enticing aromas of sweet mandarin and red apple, lots of meyer lemon and minerality with a cold stone quality. Just dry as the wine touches the palate with immediately contrasting acidity then flavours of citrus then apple and fresh white flowers. Mandarin, minerality and limeflower carry the the wine through to a lengthy yet youthful finish. Lovely aperitif if drinking today with best drinking from 2025 through 2035”.

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