Muddy Water Riesling 2011 (medium sweet)



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  • Certified Organic
  • Wild (Natural) Yeast Fermentation


Winery/Brand: Muddy Water


Clear with light gold highlights in the glass, this organically grown Riesling opens up with white blossom, crisp apple and grapefruit on the nose initially before flowing into more open and generous stone fruit after time in the glass. On the palate gentle sweetness is balanced by long and citrus-like acidity. A flowing and textural wine with subtle earthiness complementing generous peach and nectarine. Sits perfectly balanced between complexity and varietal freshness.



The Story

WINEMAKING & VITICULTURE: Estate grown at our Organic Vineyard on clay soils – these vines are naturally low-vigour and managed carefully with the aim of small amounts of concentrated bunches. Our vines are spur-pruned and entirely managed by hand with limited irrigation.

We slowly pressed Riesling bunches to tank before a brief settling to give us pristine juice ready for fermentation. Fermentation started naturally and took four months to get through to an off-dry style, with balancing natural sugars and acids. Varietal fruits along with complexity, mouthfeel and length provide a Riesling with expression.

Date of Harvest 28 April 2011
Brix at Harvest 24.6
pH 3.10
Alcohol 12.5%

“ Brilliant, full, straw-yellow colour. Elegantly presented, vibrant and lively white florals and honeysuckle aromas are complexed by a little reductive flintiness, the aromatics still tightly bound, but very refined. Medium-sweet to taste and medium-light bodied, luscious and succulent flavours of exotic florals, limes and honey and enlivened by fresh, racy acidity. The mouthfeel is delicate and lively with excellent tension, and the flavours are carried through to a very long and sustained subtly luscious and rich finish with citrus, honey and flinty elements. This is a delicately luscious, medium-sweet Riesling with excellent liveliness. Match with Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. Clone 239 fruit mainly from ‘Block 11', with a small portion of botrytised fruit, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 11.5% alc. and 30 g/L rs, the wine spending time on lees. RRP $27.95 ” 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan

5 Stars -Winestate - Michael Cooper's Best of 2012 Releases

93/100 Points - Bob Campbell Wine Review - October 2012

The Specs

RegionWaipara, New Zealand
Certified OrganicYes
PackagingGlass Bottle