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2015 Picnic Riesling

About the wine

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.

Tasting Notes

Vintage Comment:

Cool spring weather in October and into November was followed by great warm weather over flowering and by the end of December it was very dry which continued through till February.

Winemaker’s Notes:

Rockmelon, peach stone and white rose petal aromatics, leads to a strong textural driven mouthfeel showing a delicate mineral flow with great depth and persistence.

Vineyard Management:

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 15th April 2015.

Soil:   Gravelly loamy silt

pH  3.15 -- TA   8.3 g/L -- Alc  12% -- R/S:  Off dry, 8-10g/L

Proprietor: Sam Neill

Viticulturist:  Mike Wing

Winemaker:  Dean Shaw

Bottled: 22 September 2015

Total Production: 409 cases

Cellaring: 2015 – 2020      



Award / Reviewer Date Rating Review
Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines Dec 2016 4 Stars

Estate-grown in the Red Banks Vineyard, at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, the 2015 vintage is an off-dry style. Lemon-scented, it is a medium-bodied, citrusy, appley wine, fresh, finely balanced and full-flavoured