Lunar landscape…

June 27th, 2010 | Posted by

Riesling lees as seen from the Moon Its Riesling but not as we know it. This year I have been experimenting in the winery, trying a different approach to my winemaking with a small batch of  Riesling. Picked with relatively normal parameters I have opted not to whole bunch press the fruit as would normally be the case but instead have held the fruit inside the Press for a little skin soak. Not that unusual to give some Rieslings a little skin contact  (after all some machine harvested fruit certainly gets an hour or two anyway) but Ive upped the time frame here to 35 hours. Unusual and, Im guessing, unheard of in New Zealand before. Not unheard of in Europe though where perhaps Germanys celebrated Klaus-Peter Keller is the most well known proponent. It is only an experiment of course and the results have been interesting. In short I guess there has been a trade off of sorts with a gain in texture and body at the expense of elegance. Not to mention the loss of almost 2g/L of acid!  The above photo shows the gross lees left behind after racking the wine last week. Normally I would have left the wine on lees as long as possible to gain the texture and weight I love in Riesling but I think that this wine already has all the body it is ever going to need! A few more months on light lees, a light fining and into bottle around November/December time is the plan. So stay tuned to get yourself a few bottles of what could well be a NZ first.