Epitome Late Harvest Riesling 2018
The Epitome embodies the ethos of Longview. The doily label gives a nod to our irreverent side, while the vigour within the bottle showcases our commitment to producing exceptional wines.
Only made in years when the conditions are perfect, this late harvest wine has rich aromas of red apple and orange blossom, with ripe peach and citrus on the palate.
The Epitome is best with cheese before or after a meal and is complementary with most desserts.
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The wine has a pristine pale colour; the aroma has slight notes of golden delicious apple and orange blossom. A refreshing palate of peach and ripe citrus is followed by a wonderfully clean finish that will compliment most desserts and especially cheese. This wine will continue to develop favourably over the next 3-5 years, gaining richness and complexity.
Spring rainfall was below average which helped disease control and provided ideal conditions for the flowering period. Dry conditions though early summer helped us control vine vigour resulting in balanced canopies. From veraison through to harvest, the weather was ideal with minimal moisture and cool nights resulting in exceptional fruit flavor development and acid retention. Exceptionally dry conditions towards the end of vintage minimised disease pressure allowing for perfect ripening.
Initially treated in the vineyard as high-end dry Riesling to ensure good acid levels and early flavour development, the grapes are then dried on the vine and handpicked very late in the season. After crushing/destemming it is cool fermented using sugar tolerant yeasts in stainless steel. The fermentation process for late harvest wines is slow due to the increased concentration in the initial must. The wine is then gently fined and filtered before bottling.
2016 Epitome Late Harvest Riesling
Silver Medal – 2017 International Wine Challenge, Tranche 2.
Bronze Medal – 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
Bronze Medal – 2017 Canberra International Riesling Challenge.
Bronze Medal – 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Bronze Medal – 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
94 Points – Tony Love’s Top 100 Wines 2017. “Lifted with expected exotica in a range from Kaffir lime to toast and marmalade, while the plalate is a bit more delicate, still with lime and natural acidity and more-ish with a light minerraly and spicy finish. Yum.”
92 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review. “Full straw-yellow colour with tea-leafy, floral and preserved lemon aromas, some buttery toast notes, and a slight lift from volatile acidity. The wine is rich and sweet in the mouth, the palate backed by crisp and firm acidity, the finish balanced and cleansing rather than mawkish, thanks to the acidity. Very good.”
Bronze Medal – 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards.
93 Points – Martin Field. “Pale gold to the eye. A floral nose of young stone fruits and lime marmalade. The palate is velvety smooth with rich fruit sweetness balanced by lime/lemon-like tangy acidity. An excellent dessert style.”
|Residual Sugar||141.3 g/L|
|Total Acidity||9.3 g/L|