Central Otago’s Domain Road Vineyard, near Bannockburn, is sited in a sheltered valley which provides a unique micro-climate, ideal for producing premium quality wines. Our Riesling vines are planted on two vineyards Domain Road and Defiance Vineyard on Felton Road.
On Domain Road Vineyard the Riesling vines are planted in the lower region of the vineyard where 19th century gold miners left an area of exposed mineral rich ‘pipe clay’, the remnants of a 10 million year old lake bed. On Defiance they are planted on a north facing slope which are predominantly clay based soils.
Water races were used by gold miners to carry water and are an iconic part of the Central Otago landscape, following the contours of the hills, often over many miles. Many are still in use today helping transform a dry landscape into useable farmland. Domain Road Vineyard, like many others, relies on the industry of early settlers and their water races to produce its wines, including our Dry Riesling.
Hand harvested in late March from Defiance and early April from Domain Road, the grapes were whole bunch pressed to stainless steel tanks for cold settling for two days, before undergoing fermentation. The cool fermentation was stopped to retain a touch of residual sweetness from the grapes in order to balance the acidity.
Pale straw with clear hues, our Water Race Riesling is a dry style with with a hint of sweetness on the palate. The nose has a fragrant melody of citrus, lemon, lime and orange blossom. The wine is mouth filling with crisp acidity that fits nicely with the wines complexity. Lemon, lime, elderberry nectarine and honey show on the palate. An excellent food wine.
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) – 95/100 5 Stars
“Gracefully slim and finely scented, …….fabulous fruit purity and vibrancy supported by juicy acidity, leading to an impressively long mouth watering finish”.
Bob Campbell – 5 stars