2013 Millton Opou Riesling


The colour of a tear drop, a mouth-watering tingle of limes and the smile of a passing angel with succulent fruit, acid and phenolic balance.

The Opou vineyard, originally planted in 1969, has rich Waihirere silt loam soils that nurture the roots of the Chardonnay and Riesling planted within. A hedge of Navel oranges runs through the centre of the vineyard, ‘sharing of astrality’ it is said, and perhaps allows the Riesling to evoke aromas of citrus blossom and higher ethers.

Notes from the Winemaker:

Semi dry in taste there is a unique calcified character, which is sometimes seen in classic Rieslings from the old world. This helps to harmonise the acid, phenolics and fruit sweetness. Vine age going back to 1981 helps build the honeyed spice texture in the mouth and now with very recent plantings of newly imported selections this adds lifted citrus fruits aromas and textures.

Here now, you have a wine that reveals its own true character which has been uninterrupted by science, grown as freely as possible and made by someone who, at an early age, was introduced to classic Riesling. This is a wine that commands respect for the term “a sense of place” – Terroir.

Harvested form very low yielding mixed aged vines, clones 94, 49 and 198-19, pruned in classic “halb-bogen style to give maximum air and light. Harvested by hand, either whole bunch pressed or skin contacted depending on vine age and seed ripeness. No additions and fermented under pressure at 12 degree C. Left sur lie for 6 months. The colour of a tear drop, a mouth-watering tingle of limes and the smile of a passing angel with succulent fruit, acid and phenolic balance. Full of luminosity this wine will, in time, develop more complexity with honeycomb and classic “ferner” characters. Un-fined. Serve cool.

Ageing potential from date of release: 15 years.

• BioGro Certified Organic
• Demeter Certified Biodynamic
• Grown and bottled on the property
• Dry farmed and carbon negative

Total acidity: 7.1g/l pH: 3.30
Alcohol: 9.5% vol Residual Sweetness: 40g/l
Harvest dates: 19th March – 5th April 2013
Bottled on: 22nd November 2013
Released on: 1st February 2014

Past Vintage Tasting Notes
2012