2019 Iron Knob Riesling

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The Iron Knob block is situated on the south-east facing slope of our estate, this block consists of iron stone soil throughout the top soil, hence the name ‘Iron Knob’. This 2019 Riesling shows floral aromas with subtle nuances of talc and honeysuckle. The iron stone soil produces a flinty mineral character with a fine powdery palate of lemon and lime. The palate finishes with thrilling natural acidity which balances beautifully with the fruit giving the wine a long-textured finish.


2019 vintage came with substantial challenges including lower rainfall by approximately 40% and one of the hottest summer periods on record; yet we managed to process some exceptional fruit. Early shoot thinning was performed on 80% of the vineyard to ensure yields and canopy density was kept to a minimum due to early disease pressure. This resulted in canopies which handled the extreme dry and hot conditions during the ripening period and hence flavour development was not compromised. The flowering period was exposed to excessive weather conditions like hail and excessive windy wet periods. In some varieties, we saw up to 50% crop loss mainly due to poor set. Across our 65-hectare vineyard, yields were down by approximately 20% at harvest.

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