The Courtesan Riesling, Clare Valley 2016
The Courtesan is the epitome of good breeding. Wonderful posture, a delicacy of frame and a fragrance to haunt the most sated of olfactory functions. Behind closed doors though, the Courtesan shocks with its racy charms, flirting outrageously with “come-drink-me” eyes. Don’t be fooled, The Courtesan means business
As has become the norm, Vintage 2016 was anything but normal. Early bud-burst followed by a dry Spring suggested that this was going to be another El Nino influenced year. Very late frosts in the Hills followed by very warm weather in January confused the situation but by late January it was clear that this would be an early vintage. In the Clare, some heat stress led to lower alcohols than in 15 with the resulting wines being beautifully crisp and lithe.
Vinification, as one might expect with good fruit, is very simple. The grapes are picked in the cool of the morning and rapidly transported to the winery where they are lightly crushed and sent to press. For the Courtesan, we retain only the purest, free-run juice. The wine is fermented at a cool temperature to retain fruit profile and the finished wine is aged on its lees for 2-3 months before bottling.
Total Acidity: 7.04g/l
Residual Sugar: ,2.5g/l