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1998 Riesling

Tasting Date: 20 April 2006

Beeswax, lime and flowers on the nose. Rich with ripe citrus fruit: mandarin and sweet lime juice with spring flowers on the palate. Fairly high cropping in this vintage has created a lighter palate than some, but with fine balance. Drink, will hold but probably won’t develop further positive complexity.

1998 Vintage

Warmer than 1997 with low to moderate yields. A very good growing season, but hey, what did we know – this was only our second year of making wine! This was the third harvest for Block 3 which started on April 6. Depending on storage, some bottles of the 1998 Block 3 and all of the 1998 Felton Road Pinot Noir can be found to be a little “funky” with over the top complexity for some tasters; for others it can be found to be very complex and “most Burgundian”, due to a Brettanomyces bloom in the bottle. Our bottles of the Block 3 at the winery drink extremely well and we are very pleased with the way the wine has developed, though wines that have been less meticulously stored have not fared so well.

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1998 Riesling

Tasting Date: 20 April 2006

Beeswax, lime and flowers on the nose. Rich with ripe citrus fruit: mandarin and sweet lime juice with spring flowers on the palate. Fairly high cropping in this vintage has created a lighter palate than some, but with fine balance. Drink, will hold but probably won’t develop further positive complexity.

1998 Vintage

Warmer than 1997 with low to moderate yields. A very good growing season, but hey, what did we know – this was only our second year of making wine! This was the third harvest for Block 3 which started on April 6. Depending on storage, some bottles of the 1998 Block 3 and all of the 1998 Felton Road Pinot Noir can be found to be a little “funky” with over the top complexity for some tasters; for others it can be found to be very complex and “most Burgundian”, due to a Brettanomyces bloom in the bottle. Our bottles of the Block 3 at the winery drink extremely well and we are very pleased with the way the wine has developed, though wines that have been less meticulously stored have not fared so well.