Lake Chalice Riesling The Falcon 2019
The Falcon Riesling from lake Chalice wines is an aromatic Riesling with an intriguing aroma of lemon and mandarins with a balanced sweetness.
Producer Note - Lake Chalice was established in 1989 with a vision of producing internationally recognised wines from the heart of the Marlborough region. New Zealand's native falcon, the 'KÄrearea', is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. KÄrearea favour the remote mountains and foothills of the upper Awatere and Wairau valleys and these valleys are home to Lake Chalice's three unique vineyard sites. Each vineyard has a diverse microclimate, biodiversity and terroir which are seamlessly translated into multi award winning wines by talented winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen. Taking a boutique approach she handcrafts parcels of fruit from single vineyards into elegant, aromatic, fruit driven wines and has garnered a global reputation of outstanding quality. Certified 'Sustainable Winegrower of New Zealand'.
Vintage - 2017 delivered a smaller than predicted crop for the Marlborough region. Cooler and wetter than average conditions meant the vineyards had to be closely monitored; however the grapes harvested were full of the vibrant, fruit-driven characteristics the region is renowned for.
Vineyard - The fruit is sourced from vineyards located in the Blind River area of the Awatere Valley and from Lake Chalice's Falcon Vineyard in the Wairau Valley. The mature vines are at least 25 years old. The berries are carefully selected at harvest time and are picked at an average of only 19.8 Brix, in order to retain the fresh citrus flavours. The vineyard's stony, sandy soil results in low yields of intensely flavoured fruit from a combination of different pruning methods.
Winemaking - The grapes underwent a long, cool fermentation under temperature controlled conditions. Fermentation was arrested in order to create an off-dry style. TastingNote A refreshing Riesling with enticing aromas of ripe lemon and citrus accompanied by distinctive mineral nuances. Harmoniously balanced with great structure and a long, lingering finish.
Serving Suggestion - A refreshing apéritif or delicious with spicy dishes such as Thai green curry.
Grape Riesling 100%
Winemaker: Chloe Gabrielsen
Region: Marlborough Sub region: Wairau Valley Country: New Zealand
Dry/Sweet value: 4 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 20.4
Contains Sulphites: Yes