Georges Road Block Three Riesling 2010 Wine Review

Georges Road Block Three Riesling 2010
Waipara, New Zealand
Community Score: 4.6/5
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Product #: GR_RIES_2010

Price: $24.95
Alcohol: 11%
Drink: 2012-2018
Sweetness: Medium Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Georges Road
Agent: Nectar Wine Imports
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Natalie's Score: 92/100

Incredible intensity and acidity with a laser focus of lime green refreshment. Love the low alcohol, yet it's packed with flavour. Wow!

This was reviewed June 22, 2012 by

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GOLD MEDAL – Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011

Delicious, Mosel styled Riesling. Ripe, juicy citrus fruits balanced by tangy acidity and a lower alcohol level combined with generous texture and weight, wrapped in moderate sweetness.

A very good season in Waipara. Consistent bud burst, no frost issues, great weather over flowering/fruit-set, enough rainfall, minimal disease pressure and no picking or timing issues at harvest. Ideal.

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested in three separate passes from our Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. Clones are a mix of 239, 198 and 110 on Riparia Gloire and Schwarzmann rootstock. Each parcel of fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels.

Each parcel of fruit was loaded straight into the Press and gently whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was settled briefly in tank before being racked to another tank where it underwent a natural fermentation. Fermentation temperature was kept cool to retain aromatic intensity but was turned off for latter ¼ of the ferment to encourage additional complexity. The fermentation was arrested when the wine was deemed to be in balance. The wine remained on gross lees to build additional texture before being filtered just prior to bottling.

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