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.
A good start to the season with healthy well balanced canes being laid on all three vineyard blocks with appropriate bud numbers, but growing then got off to a slow start with cooler than normal temperatures in late spring. The resulting bunches from the cooler spring were of average size but made up of very small berries, which regardless of clone and rootstock ripened at much the same time after a very warm and dry autumn. March was the warmest March we have on record. Additionally there was not the normal large diurnal shift this autumn tending much more to range between 5 degrees over night to 25 degrees during the day. This seemed to be the catalyst for lovely even ripening and carried on until harvest at Red Bank vineyard (HQ) on the 19th April.
Stone fruit and spice aromatics followed by a supple and superbly textured mouth-feel. This wine displays great density and persistence.
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 20th of April 2012.
Soil: Gravelly loamy silt
pH 3.09 -- TA 8.0 g/L -- Alc 12.5% -- R/S: Off dry, 10g/L
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: September 2013
Total Production: 600 cased
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|Michael Cooper's NZ Wines 2016 Buyer's Guide||Dec 2015|
The 2013 vintage (3.5*) is similar to the 2012. A medium-dry style (10 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is lemon-scented, with strong, vibrant, citrusy flavours. Enjoyable young.
|The Sunday Business Post, Ireland, Tomás Clancy||Jul 2015||Startlingly Good|
This is a well-made Riesling with fine linear mouthfeel, lovely austere mineral tones and a touch of honey and light linoleum notes. Only 600 cases were made of this, the more casual Riesling in Neill’s stable, but it is startlingly good – and, given the meticulous and tiny production, incredibly fairly priced.
|Mike Bennie, The Wine Front||Jan 2014||89 Points|
Slate-like minerality over citrus fruit and appley notes. Serious kind of entry to the wine. Slippery sweetness through the wine with light tang of grapefruity acidity. Sweetness drives the wine and becomes focus, not met with enough acidity to give power and drive, but there's high refreshment factor here and delicacy is a forte. Pretty good.