2020 Pizzini Riesling
Varietal percentage: 100% Riesling
Picked: 3 March 2020
Average brix: 19.0
Area Harvested: 2.5Ha
What a vintage! Frost, high daily temperatures, rain and hail, the King Valley had it all. In November 2019 north east Victoria suffered a frost that stretched from the top reaches of the King Valley right down through to the flats of Rutherglen. Pizzini were lucky, the vineyard sites suffered very little damage and experienced only minor amounts of fruit loss. Summer temperatures through December reached over 40°C for a record number of consecutive days. We had rainy patches that created difficulties during harvest and patchy hail storms that caused some minor damage to some varieties. The white grape varieties harvested through March when we were fortunate enough to experience cooler, more stable temperatures, have produced wines with strong flavours and intensity on the palate. Given these tough climatic conditions, we have managed to produce some excellent wines.
The Riesling comes from one of our young hillside vineyard blocks. The grapes were machine harvested at night, then crushed, de-stemmed and pressed lightly, providing delicacy and elegance to the wine. The juice was fermented using selected yeast to enhance citrus notes and palate structure. It was then cool fermented to retain freshness and varietal character.
Fermentation vessel: stainless steel
Type of oak: nil oak used
Fining agent: gelatine and isinglass
Filtration: Crossflow filtration
What an example of King Valley Riesling – this wine is clean, crisp and refreshing. The colour is straw with a green hue, slightly deeper than previous years. The aromatics are intoxicating and vibrant with notes of lemon sherbet, lime zest and hints of granny smith apple. The palate is zippy and lingering; lemons, limes and traditional lemonade combine with bright, crunchy acidity and length that just goes on. Perfect with lightly crumbed salt and chilli calamari.
Alcohol: 11.70% Alc/Vol
Acid: 7.2 g/L
Bottled: June 2020
Released July 2020