HUNTER’S 2009 MARLBOROUGH RIESLING
Harvest Date: 4 – 6 April 2009
Brix at Harvest: 21.0
Total Acidity: 7.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 5.1 g/l
Bottling Date: 20 January 2010
A youthful wine exhibiting fresh lime/citrus characteristics with hints of tropical fruits. The wine is light lemon/green in colour and presents a strikingly long finish on the palate. Its invigorating acidity supports the lively and crisp structure of the wine and will reward cellaring for the next 5 to 6 years.
A mild winter with few frosts and good winter rain replenished the water table. The spring weather was hot and dry leading to a successful even flowering which produced a very good fruit set. There were several rain events in early February which cleared to a perfect dry, warm ripening period with little disease presence.
Our vinification is aimed at retaining the maximum possible fruit aromas and flavours as seen in the vineyard. To do this we use minimal handing and protective anaerobic techniques.
Grapes were machine harvested from three different vineyards in the cool early hours of the morning to retain their fruit characters. The fruit was destemmed, crushed and gently pressed. The resultant juice was filtered before we fermented at low temperatures with a neutral yeast.
After fermentation the wines were filtered and blended prior to bottling to retain fruitiness and freshness.