2012 Charteris The Hunt Vineyard Riesling
I was extremely lucky to chance upon Blair and Estelle Hunt and their beautiful Riesling vineyard in Bannockburn. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked into the vineyard and was confronted with piles of crumbling Schist under the vines. This sort of geology is a no-brainer for growing top notch Riesling and the resulting wines tend to have a minerally nature about them.
The 2012 Charteris is a case in point showing bright lemon/lime citrus with a festoon of wild floral aromatics. The initial aromas give way to Kaffir Lime, Juniper and classic wet stone/mineral characters.
Lemon and lime flow into the entry of the palate with crystalline purity. The acid backbone resonates with zestiness and is delicately balanced with some subtle residual sweetness. The palate has length and expansion while maintaining a fine and delicate composure. If you can resist the temptation of the bright youthfulness of this wine, a good life in the cellar awaits.
5 to 10 years if cellared well.
-Hand picked on 21st April 2012 at 21.3 Brix
-Whole Bunch Pressed
-Juice settled for 4 days
-Inoculated with a neutral Saccharomyces bayanus yeast strain
-Fermentation was stopped on taste at 1am on 22nd May
-The wine remained on fine yeast lees until bottling on 14th August 2012
-3.10 pH, 9.0 g/L Titratable Acidity, 7.5 g/L Residual Sugar 11.9 % Alcohol
-Total production – 274 six packs