Wine Portfolio Sparkling
2018 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.
The 2018 vintage started at Sevenhill on February 27 and was completed on April 10. Although spring and summer were marked by very dry conditions, rain at critical times during the growing and ripening season ensured sound development of the fruit. Warm days and cool nights leading into vintage and during the harvest allowed gentle development of the crop, which meant the fruit could be 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.
Lifted and aromatic floral notes introduce the delightful freshness of the 2018 Sparkling Riesling. Lively lemon zest flavour is prominent and a slight creaminess is evident on the finish. The combination of natural acidity and fruitiness provides a balanced conclusion.