The 2022 Killer White Riesling has lovely lifted aromas of lemon peel and fresh oyster shells. The palate is light and refreshing, with characters of stone fruit, lime and a lovely zingy minerality. The palate lingers on. Ready to drink now, young and fresh, but the natural acidity will keep this wine fresh for several years, before slowly starting to become more toasty, buttery characters over the next 5-10 years. Vegan friendly.
The 2022 Riesling was harvested with our Pellenc Grape Harvester in the early hours of 17th March. The 2022 growing season was cooler than average, which resulted in a long ripening period. This allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly and retain the natural acidity. It was a lower than average yield, however, the yield was slightly higher than that of the 2021 vintage.
Picking grapes in the early hours of the morning ensures they are delivered cold and fresh to the winery which naturally helps preservation from oxidation. The fruit was crushed and destemmed into a membrane bag press for gentle pressing and de juicing.
The juice was then transferred to a stainless steel tank to cold settle for 12 days before being racked off of grape ‘solids’, warmed, inoculated with QA23, a neutral dry wine yeast and fermentation commenced. Fermentation lasted 14 days. The wine was once again settled, stabilised, clarified and filtered before being bottled in August 2022.
Situated on the Teakle property in Port Lincoln, 2 kilometres from the foreshore, with 150 meters elevation. The soils are a rich combination of sandy loam topsoil overlying a friable red-brown clay loam subsoil. The moderately warm summer temperatures and maritime breeze allow perfect ripening conditions in the vineyard. The long sunshine hour days encourage even ripening of the grapes, while the gentle breeze helps cool the bunches, retaining the beautiful natural acidity.