Akarua Riesling

Tasting Note

Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn


Cairnmuir Road

Vineyard block: Redback Ridge

Aspect: north/west facing terrace

Row orientation: north/south

Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock

Vine age 14 years

Trellis System: VSP

Pruning: Cane

Cropping: 5.4 T/Ha 

Vintage Notes

Growing conditions:  Characteristically unpredictable Central Otago growing conditions bookended by frost events. Overall, a cool, settled season with good rainfall resulting in long, gentle development of flavour and physiological ripeness. Budburst, flowering and fruit set all right on schedule this year for our cool climate region.

Grower Degree Days: 

1,100 GDD

Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April


Whole bunch pressed, bottled unfined

Yeast:  wild / inoculated

Fermentation: stainless steel, cool – less than 13C

Tasting Note

Golden, straw colour.
Complex nose of dried orange zest, tangelo and candied peel with spice notes of white pepper, clove and a perfume of talc. The palate is showing lovely texture, finely balanced with acidity.

Winemakers Notes:

"In 2019, our Riesling is 100% from the Redback Ridge block on our Cairnmuir Road home vineyard. A higher percentage of wild ferment this year has added to the lovely texture and spice notes from the schist soils of the middle river terrace of Cairnmuir Road.

Recommended cellaring up to 10 years.”

Technical Analysis


Andrew Keenleyside


Mark Naismith

Harvest date: 17th April 2019

Bottling date: 20th Sept 2019

Brix at Harvest: 20.2

Alcohol: 11.0%

Residual Sugar: 12.0 g/l

Titratable Acidity: 7.3

pH: 2.93




Akarua  2019 Riesling  - Akarua

2019 Riesling

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