The grapes for this Riesling were hand harvested in April with a Brix of just 20.5. They were split into bins with 150kg in each and foot stomped with a little sulphur dioxide to avoid oxidation. This released the juice and allowed for it to interact with the skins absorbing flavour and aromatics. A quick press cycle extracted the free run juice which fermented with DV10 neutral yeast until the ferment naturally arrested itself with a residual suger of 42g/l. The wine was botteled quickly to retain the delicate aromatics and freshness.
Black Peak Wanaka Central Otago Riesling 2015
Wine Orbit. March 2016
From a single vineyard in the Wanaka district, this fabulous medium-style riesling is filled with lemon curd, lime zest, floral and nectarine characters with subtle flinty complexity. The palate offers excellent fruit purity and focus with elegant sweetness backed by mouth-watering acidity. Wonderful balance and harmony, and finishes superbly long and attractive. At its best: now to 2025. 95 Points 5 Stars
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier. March 2016
Fragrant, varietal and very seductive bouquet of fresh apple, lime and mandarin; a white sugar or sweet lemon scent and moderate to intense mineral. On the palate – off dry with sweet lemon, juicy green apple and lush mandarin/tangerine flavours; plenty of contrasting acidity pushing the mineral flavour with a lengthy sweet finish. Luscious aperitif style. 91 Points
Winestate – Recent release tasting. April 2016
This instantly appealing, vivacious wine is light (8.9 alc/vol) and gently sweet (48 grams/litre residual sugar), with a freshly scented bouquet, strong, vibrant lemon/lime flavours, good acid spine and a lengthy finish. Drink now or cellar. 4 Stars
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. March 2016
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. This has an elegant and refined, penetrating nose of lime, lemon, tangerine and citrus blossom, expressed with clarity and purity. Nuances of mouthwatering minerals and toasty elements add refreshing detail. Medium to medium-sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate possesses very tightly bound flavours of an array of citrus fruits with exotic florals, honeysuckle and nuances of toast and minerals. Fresh, brisk, mouthwatering acidity and very soft textures carry the wine to a very long, lingering finish. This is an elegant, medium-sweet Riesling with exotic citrus fruit and floral flavours and a soft, mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 5 years. Fruit from the Queensberry Hills, whole bunch foot-stomped and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 8.9% alc. and 48 g/L RS, TA 8.6 g/L and pH 2.83. 18.5-/20 5 Star
Black Peak Wanaka Central Otago Riesling 2014
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier. 30 May 2015
Aromatic and delicate as well with plenty of white peach, apple and citrus aromas with a persistent line of white flowers and cold stone mineral adding complexity and mystery. On the palate – off dry with noticeable sweetness balanced by plenty of acidity and filled with flavour. This is a style of Riesling done well with – mineral sherbet, mandarin, sweet peach tea, florals and a long lightly sweet finish. Delicious! 5 Stars
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine. 28 Feb 2015
Aromatic Riesling in a medium style with floral, mineral and orange zest flavours. Very pretty wine with nice tension building between fine acidity and reasonably subtle sweetness. Impressive purity and length. Drink 2015 – 2024
93 Points 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. 11 Dec 2014
Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on rim. The nose is very elegant, tightly bound and refined in expression with delicate aromas of white florals and honeysuckle. This is beautifully precise, unfolding minerally nuances with aeration. Medium-sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate is elegant and slender in expression with finely focussed flavours of white florals, limes and honeysuckle.
The wine is extremely harmonious and composed, enlivened by subtle, lacy acidity. The fruit, sweetness and acidity are balanced and the mouthfeel has poise and tension. The wine carries to a very long and sustained, fine-featured finish with honied notes. This is a beautifully elegant and finely poised medium-sweet Riesling with delicate and precise floral and honied flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the Queensberry Hills, whole bunch foot-stomped and cool-fermented instainless-steel to 9.2% alc. and 42 g/L RS, TA 7.4 g/L and ph 2.87.