The 2008 harvest was excellent, producing ripe grapes and full flavours. Drawn in by the warmth of aromas of white peach, pear and dried figs, a seam of lime zest runs through the vibrant palate; the wine retains a freshness with a hint of creaminess adding subtle complexity. The alluvial soils are reflected in the wet-stone minerality of the finish. A glass of Gisborne Sunshine!
A versatile food wine, particularly suitable with seafood, cheeses and summer salads. In keeping with the immediate trend, this youthful wine has been sealed with a Stelvin closure. Serve cool. Cellaring potential 3 - 4 years from date of release.
Total acidity: 7.7g/l
Alcohol: 12.5 %Vol.
Residual Sugar: 6.6g/l
Harvest dates: 2nd April 2008
Bottled on: 24th February 2009
Background, Vintage and Winemaker Notes:
Riverpoint Vineyard sits in the Matawhero Appellation of the Gisborne winegrowing district. The original vineyard was planted in 1978. Situated alongside the old Waipaoa riverbed the soils here contain high levels of fine silt and silken clays and these minerals assist in producing aromatic and dense wines. As well, the proximity to the Pacific Ocean exposes the site to a cooling sea breeze during summer and this effect plays a pivotal role in capturing a special delicacy of flavour in the grapes grown from this site. Made in an uncomplicated style with the freshness of an ocean breeze and the texture of fine silt loam.