Felton Road Dry Riesling 2022
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PRODUCER: Beginning with meticulous site selection and vineyard design started in 1991, Felton Road's story is one of refusal to compromise. A strict 100% estate policy with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture (BioGro and Demeter certified) ensures that our fruit arrives at the winery as pure as it can be, while our entire estate comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, an avoidance of fining and filtration all help preserve the wine's expression of its terroir. The result is Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which accurately express the authenticity and complexity of our unique vineyards.
WINEMAKING: Riesling from Block 2 of The Elms vineyard was hand-picked then carefully whole bunch pressed, settled for 4 days before racking, then followed by a slow fermentation of 8 weeks with indigenous yeasts to almost complete dryness (5g/L RS). The wine rested on fine lees to build palate weight before bottling in early-September after minimal processing to preserve and highlight the delicate Riesling characters.
TASTING NOTES: Riesling grapes from the schist soils of Block 2 were carefully hand harvested in early April. An extended indigenous fermentation has provided complexity, palate weight and length. Aromas and flavours of apple, cucumber and spice, interplay with complex saline and mineral notes. The dry and long finish highlight this austere and commanding Riesling. A serious and fuller bodied rendition from the slightly warmer and lower yielding 2022 season.