Two Paddocks Red Bank Vineyard Riesling 2018  £21.95

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Two Paddocks Red Bank Vineyard Riesling 2018

Two Paddocks Riesling is an estate-grown, single block selection made from fruit grown at Two Paddocks’ Red Bank Vineyard situated in the Earnscleugh district of Alexandra, Central Otago. As in the vineyard, this wine was handcrafted using traditional methods and bottled early to ensure all the integrity and vitality of the wine was preserved. The soils in this block are well-draining schist loam and the vines tend to thrive. Additionally, the typically extreme summer diurnal temperatures experienced in Alexandra are responsible for both metabolising (softening) acidity during the day and then bright freshness is retained from the significantly cooler nights – all this really means is that we feel a drier and more textural wine style is both possible and appropriate.

Two Paddocks 2018 harvest will be remembered as the earliest picking date on record. A warm spring that quickly turned in to a hot summer with much warmer nighttime temperatures than is typically experienced in Alexandra. Ideal conditions over flowering, which was a month early, began on the 20th of November. Again, perfect growing conditions meant veraison also began a month early on the 20th of January. The extreme heat and dry finished abruptly on the 1st of February. Cooler temperatures over February / March thankfully slowed ripening down and intensified flavour development.  However, harvest still began nearly a month earlier than typical on the 14th of March and was over by the 11th of April. Both the grapes and stems were beautifully ripe, intensely flavoured and in perfect health.

Crafted from a tiny half-hectare block at Two Paddocks Red Bank Vineyard at Earnscleugh, Central Otago, which consistently produces the ripest and most intense riesling on the estate. All grapes are grown using organic principles, hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel.

Lime, honeydew, loquat and wet stone aromatics, followed by a mineral-infused textural driven palate giving great drive and persistence.

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