Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2010
'I love the way pepper plays in this wine, with kaffir lime-like spice and crunchy granny smith apple notes that infuse it with particularly lively and fresh poise, even at two years of age. A pristine fruit profile hovers long and clean amidst fine, mineral acidity, with subtle sweetness tucked neatly into its folds. Hand picked from one hectare of vines, the story goes that the sun’s last rays linger here, contributing to slow ripening and intense fruit flavours. It seems the tale is as romantic as the result. Drink: 2012-2020'
The citrus and floral bouquet, light touch of sweetness and long finish make this wine an ideal accompaniment to dishes such as creamy seafood soups, and chicken or fish with coriander or coconut sauce. Spicy Asian foods and curries are a good match. It is also delicious served lightly chilled as an aperitif or to add an extra dimension to simple luncheon or vegetarian meals.
Winemaking and Viticulture
The “Last Light” Riesling block is on the sloping East border of Bald Hills Estate, so named because it receives the last rays of the sun as it disappears in the West. Pruning and tying down of the vines forms an arched shape to promote even shoot distribution and plenty of space for bunches to ripen.
The berries are gently pressed and undergo a long, cool fermentation period in stainless steel. The aim is to preserve the natural vibrancy and ripeness of the fruit through minimal intervention.
Richly flavoured off dry wine with floral notes and hints of mandarin blossom on the nose. Delicate and charming, the mandarin flavours are to the fore followed by a gentle acidity and an indefinable hint of spice.