Bellarmine Wines

2016 Riesling Half-Dry

Region:Pemberton, Western Australia
Drink Until:2025
Variety:100% Riesling
Suitable Foods:Thai noodle salad and other spicy asian style dishes. Roast Pork belly.
Oak:Nil
Colour:Pale Straw.
Nose:Lime and floral scents.
Palate:Citrus and floral notes with a line of natural acidity and mineralogy giving the wine complexity and persistence of flavour.
Style:Aromatic, slightly sweet, well-balanced white wine.
Awards:

2016 vintage:
Silver Medal - 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show
Silver Medal - Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting, March 2017

PAST VINTAGES

2015 vintage:
96 Points - James Halliday
Silver Medal - Timber Town Regional Wine Show 2017

2014 vintage:
Silver Medal - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016

2013 vintage:
96 points - James Halliday, Rated equal top off-dry Riesling in Australia, 2015 Wine Companion.
Bronze medal at Timbertowns 2015 wine show.

2012 vintage:
94/100 points - James Halliday

2011 vintage:
Featured in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines in Australia, 95/100 points - November 2011.

2010 vintage*:
Featured in James Halliday’s Top Wines in Australia, 95/100 points - November 2010.
Silver Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

2009 vintage*:
95/100 - James Halliday

2008 vintage*:
94/100 points, James Halliday.

2007 vintage*:
94/100 points, James Halliday.

2006 vintage*:
Top 100 Wines in Australia, 96/100 points - James Halliday 2008 Wine Companion.


*From 2006 to 2010 this wine is labelled as ‘Bellarmine Riesling’.


BACKGROUND

The grapes are exclusively sourced from the Bellarmine vineyard in the high quality cool climate region of Pemberton in South-Western Australia. Planted in 2000 by hand, the vines are trained to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) to give optimum exposure of the fruit to sunshine during the ripening season which occurs from December to late March. The soils are red gravel laterite soils which provide excellent drainage and give warmth to the vines' root systems at night from the sunshine the red gravel has absorbed during the daylight hours. Bellarmine wines famously makes three different styles of Riesling, each with its own story and appeal.
HARVESTED: 23rd February 2016

THE WINEMAKING

Harvested in the cool of the night at optimum flavour levels as determined by the winemaker. This wine is made from both the first 'free run' juice taken from the initial crushing of the grapes and from the light pressings of the skins. The pressings portion gives this wine greater depth of ripe flavours which suit its slightly sweet style. Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel as with the other Rieslings so that oak is avoided and the natural characters of the variety are optimised. Sudden chilling of the tank occurs when the wine has only about one baume of sugar left to convert into alcohol. This stops the yeast cells and results in the wine being slightly sweet and very appealing to all different types of wine lovers.
6-bottle half carton
$156.00
Bottle
$26.00