Bellarmine Wines

2014 Riesling Select (Auslese)

Region:Pemberton, Western Australia
Drink Until:2028
Variety:100% Riesling
Suitable Foods:Great aperitif, with light lunch or desserts like Panna Cotta,
Oak:Nil
Colour:Pale straw
Nose:Floral, tropical fruits
Palate:Perfectly balanced and full of mango and pineapple flavours with a sweet, well-balanced finish.
Style:Aromatic sweet, low alcohol white wine.
Awards:

2014 vintage:

Gold Medal - 2016 Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Gold Medal - 2016 Rotary RSM Bird Cameron Timbertowns Wine Show

96 points - James Halliday Wine Companion

4.5/5 stars - WineState Magazine

Silver Medal - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016

 

PAST VINTAGES

2013 vintage:

96 points - James Halliday's Top 100 wines, The Weekend Australian, Nov 2013

Silver Medal, 2015 Rotary RSM Bird Cameron Timbertowns Wine Show

Silver Medal, 2015 Qantas Wine Show of WA.

 

2012 vintage:

95 points, James Halliday's Top 100 wines, The Weekend Australian, November 2012

Best of The West - Best Riesling,

96 Points - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2014
"This is a sweeter light dessert style wine but it's made with such exquisite balance between the sugar and acid that it leaves the mouth so fresh and zingy. Has a spicy wet stone character on the nose with other characters of light stone fruit all held with such austere control. Lovely and exciting wine."

2011 vintage:

95 points - James Halliday

2010 vintage

96 points - James Halliday "Bright straw-green. A flowery lime blossom bouquet leads into a quiteentrancing palate of Bickford's lime juice and background tropicalnuances, the sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity."

2009 vintage:

not made due to very low crop.

2008 vintage

90 points - James Halliday 

2007 vintage:

92 points - James Halliday 

2006 vintage:

96 points - James Halliday's Top 100 Wines.


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. One of very few vineyards in Pemberton to grow Riesling, it is the fact that the vineyard is owned by a German couple, Dr Willi and Gudrun Schumacher, that we can give thanks that we live in such a multicultural country.
HARVESTED: 27th Feruary 2014

THE WINEMAKING

Harvested in the cool of the night at a later stage than the other styles of Riesling. Our winemaker regularly tastes the grapes and determines the harvest date from the developing flavours. Some Botrytis is tolerated as the 'noble rot' or mould that naturally occurs is well-suited to this sweet style of Riesling. The famous wines of Sauternes in Bordeaux rely on Botrytis for their unique, and much sought-after, character. The fruit is treated very delicately to preserve the ripe Riesling flavours of peach and melon. The fermentation is carefully controlled and occurs in stainless steel to encourage the wine to develop its own complex flavours without the influence of oak. A yeast that can easily be stopped is used and at the appropriate balance of acid,sugar and alcohol the yeast is killed by chilling the wine. This has the effect of retaining the natural sugars found in the grapes and this sweetness combined with the high natural acidity gives this wine a perfect balance.
6-bottle half carton
$156.00
Bottle
$26.00