2013 Charteris The Hunt Vineyard Riesling

PJ's Notes:

I have previously expressed my awe at the geological nature of this small plot of land. The vines and vinous history of this dirt are well established and I am merely a portrait painter, though hopefully one of some longevity, with a sensitive eye. My limited observation of this beauty would suggest something of mature blossoming and evergreen potential. The 2013 harvest from this vineyard was generous, not only in quantity, but fruit power, acidity and complexity. Perhaps not so surprising from soil like this and under the watchful eyes of Blair and Estelle Hunt, history is on our side.

Tasting Notes:

This is evocative wine. When I put my nose into the glass I smell wild flowers and a stacked slate wall as the first warmth of a dewy autumn morning rises.

Lavender, sage and kaffir lime lead into a cascade of rose petal, spice and subtle musk. Its clean and clear, high botanical gin like aromas infuse with mineral talc. Complex fruit and stones, distilled to aromatic purity!

The lavender, lime and florals carry to the palate where acidity becomes the driver. It’s base load acidity, powerful but silent, giving a mouthwatering, almost effervescent texture to the wine. Juicy lemon and lime wrap the core of the wine in a silky sheet. There is dimensional weight that is effusive and lingering, only to be contained by crystalline acidity giving almost infinite length.


5 to 8 years maybe longer in the cellar.

Technical info:

  • Hand picked on 20th April 2013 at 20.4 Brix
  • Whole Bunch pressed
  • Settled for 4 days before racking
  • Inoculated with a neutral Saccharomyces bayanus yeast strain
  • Fermentation was stopped to leave a small amount of acid balancing residual sugar
  • The wine remained on fine yeast lees until bottling on 28th June 2013
  • 3.10 pH, 9.0 g/L Titratable Acidity, 9.4 g/L Residual Sugar, 11.5% Alcohol