Central Otago Riesling 2015
The Bald Hills Central Otago Riesling 2015 is a fragrant Riesling with ripe citrus and orange blossom notes on the nose. The off-dry character of the wine perfectly balances the fruit sweetness with a touch of minerality on the long finish.
Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2018
''The 2015 vintage (4.5*) was grown at Bannockburn. An elegant, tightly structured wine, it has excellent depth of vibrant, delicate lemon/lime flavours, in a medium style (23 grams/litre of residual sugar) with finely balanced acidity. Delicious young, it should mature gracefully.''
For the Bald Hills 2015 Riesling, try matching with meat dishes that benefit from a touch of sweetness such like chicken in a creamy sauce or belly pork. If matching with South East Asian dishes choose lightly spiced stir fries or mild curries. Try also matching our Riesling with citrus, lemongrass and orange based Cantonese classics as an added treat.
Winemaking and Viticulture
An excellent season all round with initially a large crop on happy vines. In order to improve the concentration of flavour, we crop thinned 3 times, removing up to ½ of the fruit. The Gods were kind with no late rain or Botrytis present at harvest.
Hand harvested on the 4th of April 2015 at 22 Brix, far earlier than normal in order to retain a strong acid backbone. The bunches were whole bunch pressed into a stainless steel tank and coolly fermented to retain varietal/fruity characteristics. The fermentation was stopped at 23 g/L residual sugar to balance the acidity.
Pale straw with clear hues. Fragrant orange blossom and ripe citrus aromas on the nose with a hint of flint. Sweet citrus flavours such as mandarin, grapefruit and lemon/ lime show on the palate along with a lemonade character. An off-dry wine which has a crisp acidity perfectly balanced against the fruit sweetness, and with a touch of minerality on the long finish.