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Maude, East Block Riesling 2018
Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen
From a north-facing slope of the best block of this single vineyard wine that was planted in 1994. This wine has sweetness that is similar to a Spatlese but a sweet lemon note and squeaky rhubarb texture and flavour. An abundant, vibrant nose filled with aromas of granny smith apples, kaffir lime leaf and citrus florals. Off dry in style this wine has beautiful purity, where the appealing sweetness is perfectly countered by a high natural acidity.
Hand harvested from our mature Mt Maude family vineyard in Wanaka, planted in 1994. Foot-stomped, pressed and fermented in stainless steel. The ferment was arrested early, when the optimal balance was achieved between the acidity, alcohol and residual sugar. Minimal movement or fining to ensure the pure aromas of this wine from a great vineyard and year were protected.
This family-owned and run winery was established by husband and wife winemaking team Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen. Planted in 1994, the Mount Maude vineyard is on the steep, north-facing slopes of the sheltered Maungawera Valley just outside of Wanaka, Central Otago. Maude and its neighbouring peak Mount Gold present classic Central Otago conditions; crisp purity of air with strong diurnal temperature swings - this makes for very small harvests of outstanding fruit at the very margin of feasible production - when the weather is kind, and it frequently is. These hand-crafted wines are made in Maude’s custom built Wanaka winery using fruit sourced from Cromwell, Bannockburn and Wanaka. The Mount Maude wines come from the estate vineyards.