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2004 Riesling Block 1

Tasting Date: 8 December 2016

Deep in colour, the honeyed aromatics are now rich and intense with limey, waxy characters and complexing clover-florals. The entry is oily and rich with zesty curd. A citrus-spine lifts from the mid palate, driving forwards with persistent intensity. Still showing incredible freshness and youth at 12 years of age with plenty of life remaining.

Tasting Date: 1 March 2005

Felton Road Riesling Block 1 is also worthy of a mention. Not only did it complete the most excellent trio of New Zealand Rieslings I have seen, but it is another of these wines that sports staggering levels of residual (63 grams) but looks terrifically fit.

Matthew Jukes, March 2005, expertwine.com

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2004 Vintage

We called this season the coldest yet, and it was; for the 2005 was yet to come. Very late spring frosts in mid and late November caused extensive damage across Central Otago but was limited on our vineyards to vines in the lower lying Block 2 (only a small amount of Pinot Noir and mostly Chardonnay and Riesling). But cool seasons suit us, as we have a warm north facing site and the manpower in the vineyard to cosset grapes through the hard times. A wet February did not result in increased berry size and the dry and warm finish to the season gave small berries and wines of excellent intensity and higher acidities. Harvest started on April 13. Yields averaged about 5 tonnes per hectare for Pinot Noir with small berries, always the sign of a highly concentrated vintage. The cool weather seems to have brought about an almost crystalline purity to the fruit in this vintage; a very true expression of Pinot Noir flavours. The tight focus makes it more a Pinot connoisseur’s wine over some of the warmer vintages.

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2004 Riesling Block 1

Tasting Date: 8 December 2016

Deep in colour, the honeyed aromatics are now rich and intense with limey, waxy characters and complexing clover-florals. The entry is oily and rich with zesty curd. A citrus-spine lifts from the mid palate, driving forwards with persistent intensity. Still showing incredible freshness and youth at 12 years of age with plenty of life remaining.

Tasting Date: 1 March 2005

Felton Road Riesling Block 1 is also worthy of a mention. Not only did it complete the most excellent trio of New Zealand Rieslings I have seen, but it is another of these wines that sports staggering levels of residual (63 grams) but looks terrifically fit.

Matthew Jukes, March 2005, expertwine.com

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2004 Vintage

We called this season the coldest yet, and it was; for the 2005 was yet to come. Very late spring frosts in mid and late November caused extensive damage across Central Otago but was limited on our vineyards to vines in the lower lying Block 2 (only a small amount of Pinot Noir and mostly Chardonnay and Riesling). But cool seasons suit us, as we have a warm north facing site and the manpower in the vineyard to cosset grapes through the hard times. A wet February did not result in increased berry size and the dry and warm finish to the season gave small berries and wines of excellent intensity and higher acidities. Harvest started on April 13. Yields averaged about 5 tonnes per hectare for Pinot Noir with small berries, always the sign of a highly concentrated vintage. The cool weather seems to have brought about an almost crystalline purity to the fruit in this vintage; a very true expression of Pinot Noir flavours. The tight focus makes it more a Pinot connoisseur’s wine over some of the warmer vintages.