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 cool spring produced slow growth until November, which along with parts of December, was above average warmth. Flowering started in the first week of December and lasted over three weeks. All vines including the Rieslings were only green thinned and shoulders removed in the same pass. Very little disease pressure and we harvested on the 16th April 2014.
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 16th of April 2014.
Soil: Gravelly loamy silt
pH 3.00 -- TA 7.8 g/L -- Alc 12.5% -- R/S: Off dry, 6-10g/L
Proprietor: Sam Neill
Viticulturist: Mike Wing
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Bottled: 24 July 2014
Total Production: 460 cases
Cellaring: 2014 – 2019
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|The Wine Gang||Jun 2017||88 Points|
As Haynes Hanson & Clark (UK) are still on the 2014 vintage it may be that this zingy off-dry Riesling doesn't sell all that quickly. It deserves to. Age has give it the kerosene/petrol whiff that Riesling sometimes acquires, and which is so much more appetising than it sounds, but the palate remains focused on juicy, lime and apple refreshment.