Our Reserve Block Riesling is named for Vivienne Ritchie who (along with her husband Robert) planted the first vines here at Delatite in 1968. Vivienne’s Block is only 0.6ha and was part of the original vineyard, so the vines date back to 1968. It’s only made in Delatite’s best years and the vines and winemaking are carefully managed to ensure ultra-premium quality.
The fruit was hand-picked and then whole bunch pressed in a small basket press that was borrowed to accommodate such a small volume of fruit. The resulting juice was racked but some solids were retained to give the wild ferment more character. After fermentation, carried out by natural wild yeasts, the wine was treated very gently with no additions made and a gentle filtration being the only handling of the wine before bottling to retain the pristine characters of these old vines.
The growing condition of 2016 has resulted in intense lime/lemon characters coming from the fruit, with some delightful floral aromatics coming through with rapier-like acidity running through the palate. The wild ferment has added some round complexity to balance this tight Riesling.
C E L L A R I N G This Riesling with its high natural acidity will age wonderfully for more than fifteen years developing warm toasty characters and hints of honey to complement the fruits lime flavours.
A L C O H O L 13%
P R O D U C T I O N 1152 bottles 96 doz