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Picnic Riesling 2011


Proprietor: Sam Neill

Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling.  We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors as at the Captain’s Table.

Smallish crops on healthy vines gave us gorgeous aromatics and drive. The wines appear more elegant than the 2010’s but have a feminine feel and freshness about them.

Crushed rose petal, spicy ginger and lime aromatics.  Followed by a focused, mineral driven palate with strength and an energetic finish. A lively and varietal wine that drinks well immediately but has the potential to age elegantly over the next 3-5 years.

Own roots – cane cuttings from Felton Road. Single cane, one bunch per shoot, 5500 vines per hectare.  Shoot and lateral thinned, and leaf plucked.  Hand harvested on the 29th of April 2011.

75cl / 12%