2019 Block 2 Riesling
$ 36 / bottle
Bright pale straw with green hues. Lifted aromas of citrus zest, grapefruit, subtle yellow fruits, and wet stones. The palate is racy and textured from the extended contact on lees with serious intensity. Only 111 doz.
Hand-picked and sorted. Several picks ensure optimal ripeness across Block 2, however only the best parcels made this wine. The grapes are whole bunch pressed then chilled and settled. Juice racked to stainless for fermentation with higher solids. These parcels were kept separate, portion spontaneous ferment and some inoculated. Fermentation was long. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine was blended with ferment lees to a full stainless vessel. The wine was left on lees until November and then racked, filtered and bottled.
Forest Hill Block 2 Riesling, planted 1975.
GROWING AREA & SOILS
Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Dry Grown, Minimal inputs. Row orientation of Block 2 is North East – South West.
1st to 9th March 2019
pH: 2.90, TA: 10.01 g/L, Alcohol: 12.6% RS: 4.1 g/L
The 2019 growing season in Mount Barker was dry but mild. It began with one of the driest winters on record and continued through to harvest with the exception of some good rainfall in August (169mm) and an important 48mm in November. Summer was again dry although with moderate day time temperatures and few days exceeding 30C. Some welcome rain in March (24mm) helped maintain ripening in our red varieties. The mild temperatures meant harvest dates were generally a little later across most varieties especially the whites A very low yielding vintage.
94 Points – Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com