2018 Half Dry Riesling RS15 $35
2018 Half Dry Riesling RS15 $35
This Single Vineyard Half Dry Riesling was handpicked in the early morning from the bottom half of our Riesling block and whole bunch pressed. Fermentation was cool and slow, with the ferment being stopped at 15 grams residual sugar. The wine was left in tank on lees for a further 4 months, stirring occasionally for further palate texture.
This wine has some great potential for many reasons. It was very floral and fragrant during ferment, and has finished up very nicely. We left a touch more residual sugar than normal in this vintage, to ensure it stays within the half-dry category. Once again showing those great lemon/lime citrus characters, with a nice pop of fruit which is balanced out nicely by the crisp, clean acidity.
Awards & Reviews:
Trophy Best Off Dry White Wine, NSW Small Winemakers Show 2018
Gold Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Show 2018
“94/100 Jacob Stein is producing some exceptional resiling, with the half dry style one that is hard to get right; but is nailed on this occasion. The nose enjoys concentrated notes of jasmine, mandarin zest and fresh limes against a backdrop of slate. The decision to leave 15g residual sugar has created a wine that has a mere suggestion of sweetness when contrasted with the energetic swathes of acidity that defines it. Lime dominates with some candied apple like characters from residual sugar on the mid palate, with the interplay of acid and fruit giving a chalky and mineral character to finish.” The Wine Reviewer, Oct 2018
“91/100 Pleasantly fragrant floral and yeasty aromas. Some extra phenolics work well with the residual sugar, and would suit its purpose as a food wine. It’s not as intense as the Dry or the Reserve, but very good, and this fruit suits the half-dry style, according to winemaker Jacob Stein.” Huon Hooke, Nov 2018
“It has a delicious citrusy aroma with a fine honeysuckle/floral touch. The 15 grams residual is evident but gee it seems so balanced even at this early stage of assessment. Very inviting too I might add. Limes mainly on the palate but lemons are present as well. Combine this with a delicate texture and palate weight and you have “moreishness”… It may well have been a combination of both. Either way, it offered up a “give-me-more”, perfect sweetness/acid balance on the finish. Here’s your go-to for spicy Asian cuisine if ever there was one.” Words from a Wineglass, Oct 2018
“18.25/20 Almost water clear with a pale gold/green hue. Perfumed and inviting nose. Hints of lavender and musk over lime cordial and smoky green matcha tea and citrus blossom. Precision on the palate, carries all the delicate, elegance crystalline minerality of a dry riesling, yet the palate beautifully weighted. The fruit has a charging vibrancy and the sweetness just enough to add flesh to the bones. An excellent example of a half dry riesling.” Vinonotebook, Nov 2018
“… Robert Stein Rieslings releases epitomise quality & class… This Trophy winning 2018 Half-Dry Riesling displays searing natural jubey acid and florally fragrant zesty primary varietal fruit. Lime and grapefruit pith, wild yeast ferment, residual sugar and some exposure to French Hogshead impart complexity and intrigue. This is another vibrantly fresh and juicy top exemplar of the genre expertly crafted by Jacob Stein & team. One to be enjoyed over the summer season.” The Grape Hunter, Nov 2018
“4.5 STARS, Powerful, concentrated aromas of lavender, violets with citrus edge…” Winestate Magazine, Nov 2018
Weight 1 kg
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