Picnic Earnscleugh / Alexandra
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.
Soil: Gravelly loamy silt
pH: 3.04 -- TA: 9.6 g/l -- Alc: 12% -- R/S: Off dry, 8-10g/L
Harvest Dates: 11 - 21 April 2011
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: Nov 2011
Total Production: 550 cases
Cellaring: 2012 – 2017
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|Country Life, Siobhán Gillespie of Haynes Hanson &||Jan 2013||Gloriously fragrant||Read More|
This flavour-packed dish cries out for an energetic, aromatic white wine -- one with intensity and zip. From New Zealand's Central Otago, Picnic Riesling 2011 from Two Paddocks is a gloriously fragrant wine, and is what I'd be pouring when preparing, and then devouring, a bowl of succulent mussels. Its crisp acidity and zesty lime character will cut through the rich, creamy sauce, and its hit of sweetness will set off the sweet mussel and salty bacon flavours.