Central Otago Riesling 2016
The Bald Hills Central Otago Riesling 2016 is a fragrant Riesling with apricot, green apple and pineapple on the nose and ripe citrus flavours on the palate. An off-dry style wine with zingy acidity which perfectly balances the fruit sweetness.
Michael Cooper 2020 Edition - 5 Stars
"The classy 2016 vintage (5*), grown at Bannockburn, has a scented, minerally bouquet. Drinking well in its youth, it has concentrated, ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours, gentle sweetness (17 grams/litre of residual sugar), good acid spine, and a very long finish."
Japan Wine Challenge 2017 - Trophy & Gold
Regional Trophy for Best White Wine for New Zealand
International Wine Challenge 2019 - Silver
For the Bald Hills 2016 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
The fruit was hand harvested on 4 April 2016 at 20.3 brix. The fruit was whole bunch pressed to tank and the juice was inoculated with a selected wine yeast to undergo fermentation. The fermentation was stopped retaining around 17.35g/L residual sugar.
Pale straw with clear hues. Fragrant aromas of apricot, green apple and pineapple on the nose with a touch of mandarin and flint. Ripe citrus flavours on the palate of mandarin, peaches and spiced ginger with honey and tropical fruits. An off-dry style wine which has good concentration coupled with zingy acidity. This is balanced against fruit sweetness with juicy mineral length, crunchy phenolics and a long finish.