Hartenberg Estate Wine, Riesling
Since the first release in 1984, Hartenberg Rieslings have achieved something of a local cult status. Driven by a market in search of a "dry" or "trocken" style wine, Hartenberg Estate Wine, Riesling seeks to highlight the purity and complexity of fruit that makes Riesling so individual. Hand-picked at daybreak to ensure only the most heavenly flavours, about 15% of grapes showed the presence of Botrytis. After crushing and de-stemming, the fruit underwent six hours of skin contact at 12 degrees Celcius. After pressing, the juices were fermented using a yeast personally selected by Hartenbergs winemaker in Austria, then stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Hartenberg Estate Wine, Riesling has a spicy richness on the nose which gives way to a taut yet floral and fruity mid-palate that has both richness and complexity. The residual sugar is barely noticeable and if anything it contributes extra fullness and richness to the palate. This is a quality wine that offers great value and food-pairing versatility.