Akarua Riesling

Tasting Note


100% Riesling


Central Otago

Sub Region



Felton Terraces

Vineyard block(s): Maia

Aspect: North/West, facing terrace.

Row orientation: North/South

Soil: Young alluvial, schist based sandy/silt and sandy loams overlaying schist rock.

Vine age 18 years

Trellis System: 2 cane VSP

Pruning: Spur

Cropping: 6.5 T/Ha



Growing conditions: An exceptionally warm, dry spring and early summer gave us unusually high early season growth. Extraordinary summer heat brought the whole growing season forward culminating in our earliest harvest on March 1st. Late summer brought us record high rainfall with relatively cool daytime temperatures. These cooler temperatures kept disease pressure in check and the fruit delivered to the winery by the vineyard crew was in excellent condition.

Grower Degree Days:  1,283 GDD

Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April


Picked: 29th March 2018

Whole-bunch pressed

Yeast: Wild & inoculated – various strains

Fermentation Vessel: steel tank

Fermentation Heat: Cool – less than 13°C


Boughs full of citrus blossoms here - lime, mandarin, and orange; plus white stone fruit, ripe pear and a gentle note of talc. Seriously racy with stony minerals, taut bright acidity and a fine spine of chilli and ginger spice.

 Winemaker’s Notes:

“This is the first year we have done a single block riesling from our Felton Terraces Maia vineyard. I am thrilled to see the spice note in this wine – the vines are nearing 20 years old and becoming truly connected to their terroir – the minerals in the schist soils presenting as spiciness in the wine. A little higher residual sugar left in this wine results in a fine interplay of delicate fruit sweetness and racy acidity on the palate.”


Up to 10 years.


Viticulturist: Mark Naismith

Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

Bottled: August 2018

Brix at Harvest: 22.4

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Residual Sugar: 12.6 g/l

Titratable Acidity: 8.4 g/l

PH: 2.9

Akarua  2019 Riesling  - Akarua

2019 Riesling

Price: $29.00
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