Wine Portfolio Sparkling
2017 Sparkling Riesling
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Sevenhill’s Riesling vineyards are planted on gently undulating slopes up to 500 metres above sea level. Warm days and cool nights during the growing and ripening season are perfect for Riesling, as is the combination of stony and richer, red loam soils.
Following good rain in winter and spring of 2016, cooler temperatures in January and rain toward the end of the month slowed ripening in the wine regions of South Australia. It was only a burst of hot weather in early February that got things moving again. The 2017 harvest began at Sevenhill on March 1, with picking of Chardonnay at Lloyd’s Farm. Warm days and cool nights made for ideal vintage conditions during March and April, leading to outstanding fruit picked at optimum ripeness.
Our Sparkling Riesling is made using the Charmat Method, a sparkling technique best suited to the aromatic varieties, such as Riesling. The Charmat method is when the Cuvée, yeast and sugar are put in a pressurised tank and secondary fermentation is undertaken, allowing retention of the natural carbon dioxide from the fermentation. The wine is bottled under pressure to retain the carbon dioxide, giving the wine its sparkling character.
The 2017 Sparkling Riesling is pale straw in colour, with delicate aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit. The palate is lifted and fresh, with bright zesty acidity and textured palate weight. The Charmat method retains the delicate primary Riesling fruit characters of citrus and honey blossom.