2019 Clark Estate Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Riesling

$28.00

The 2019 Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Riesling is immediately inviting, refreshing and vibrant. Beautiful flavours of cut apple and lime zest create a delightfully new experience for any sparkling fans.

The 2019 Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Riesling is immediately inviting, refreshing and vibrant. Beautiful flavours of cut apple and lime zest create a delightfully new experience for any sparkling fans.

91 points / 4.5 stars            Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Brightly fruited and fabulously aromatic, the bouquet shows Granny Smith apple, feijoa, lemon peel and white floral aromas, leading to a lively palate offering pristine fruit flavours with fine texture and racy acidity, offering excellent drinking.

 

90 points / 4 stars            Bob Campbell, MW

Dry, sparkling riesling with citrus, lime, mandarin, oyster-shell, ginger and toast flavours. A refreshing and quite stylish wine offering good value at this price.

 

89 points Recommended            Cameron Douglas MS

Varietal, fruity, fresh, very crisp with leesy yeasty bottle fermented aromas. Flavours of green apple and lemon, red apple and citrus pith. High acidity, refreshing vibrant texture, balanced and well made. A lovely aperitif style with a persistent tradition(elle) flavour and a lengthy, dry finish. Best drinking from today and through 2023.

 

90 points / 4 stars            Candice Chow – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – Brilliant, straw-yellow with some depth and a gold hue, even colour throughout. Very fine, persistent bubbles. The nose is soft and fresh, aromas of apple toffee, citrus melded with subtle creamy autolysis and a hint of pastry. Dry to taste, medium-light bodied, aromas of apples and pears are fresh, long with lemon and lime peels provide a taut core. Subtle creamy notes broaden the mid-palate, along with pastries and biscuits. As the wine warmed up, a fine mineral line leads the flow to a sustained flavoursome finish. The wine has a clean and focused tension with balanced acidity, fresh yet not austere, provide good energy and vibrancy. This is a vibrant and fresh Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine made from Riesling, with flavours of apple and citrus along with pastry details on a balanced, creamy palate. Match with seafood and pork over the next 3-4 years.

Viticulture

Our Riesling vines are planted on a slightly south facing slope, reducing the exposure to sunlight enough to allow the grapes to ripen slowly and intensify the flavours leading into harvest.  Beautifully clean bunches were carefully handpicked and handled with great care before being taken to the winery.

 

Winemaking

The grapes were slowly whole bunch pressed to collect the brilliantly clear juice.  Special sparkling yeast was added to this juice to undergo the primary ferment, creating gorgeous steely flavours in the base wine.  This was then transferred to bottle and yeast was added again for the traditional secondary alcoholic fermentation in bottle.  Soon after the bottle fermentation was finished, the bottles were riddled and disgorged to retain the freshness of the Riesling characters.

 

 

Wine Analysis

pH       3.04

TA       10.6 g/L

Alc       12.0%

RS       8.0 g/L

 

The Upper Awatere has all the perfect ingredients for classic Sparkling grapes. Very cool nights leading up to harvest slows the breakdown of the natural acids and flavours are developed over a longer time than usual.  The soil is rich in limestone giving the wine its chalky mineral character.

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