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. Organically grown on two small blocks at Two Paddocks home vineyard (HQ), The Red Bank Farm & Vineyard, in Earnscleugh Alexandra. Hand harvested and crafted in to a delicious off-dry fresh style appealing to just about everyone on the planet…
Vintage 2021 was characterised by climatic variation extremes throughout spring and early summer and then developing into a fantastic finish, with a long stable mid-summer / autumn warm period, right up to and over harvest. At the start of the season, a cold winter continued into a dry warm spring with steady vine shoot growth. The grapes flowered over December 2020, which was warmer than last year but with intermittent rain that resulted in only half the vineyard blocks achieving desired crop loads. The first week of January saw a
significant rain event and that set the vineyards up with optimum soil moisture levels for the rest of the season. There was some typical early and late in the season frost fighting, but the vine canopies stayed resilient and green with harvest staring a week earlier than typical on the 30th of March and finishing on the 22nd April.
Lime, nectarine and wild flower aromatics lead to a rich warmly textured mouthfeel showing strong mineral drive with a soft vibrant finish.
Vegan Friendly, 100% whole bunch pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation.
pH 3.02 TA 7.2g/l Alc 11.5%
Proprietor: Sam Neill Viticulturist: Mike Wing Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: October 2021 Cellar: 2021-2027
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|Bob Campbell MW||Feb 2022||93 Points|
"An entry-level riesling that seems slightly sweeter than the Two Paddocks equivalent but sits in the medium-dry segment. I like the punchier acidity balanced by a touch more sweetness, which gives the wine a delicious edginess."