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Muse Riesling 2013

Drinking Guide


Drink 2015-2031

From our single Moorilla vineyard at MONA, this is an opulent artisan’s offering. After extended contact with skins, the juice was fermented wild and cloudy in oak. It the it’s a fascinating wine of complexity, texture and length which will cellar very well. Each aroma is subtle, yet the bouquet is powan erful and with time and air to reveal its layers. Fresh lemon blossom, ginger spice and mandarin melds with wild ferment, cedar and minerals in the bouquet. Intense flavours of apple and yuzu citrus, are carried on a dry, weighty and viscous palate to the robust tannin and acid structure. The length impresses. Drink 2014-2029

Winemakers Comments
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Technical Details

For many years, it was a struggle to make a Riesling out of both the Moorilla and St.Matthias vineyards that was appropriate for a Muse label. I gave up trying to blend the two vineyards after the success of the 2012 50th Anniversary release. The characters from the southern vineyard were exactly what I had always liked and I decided to go with it rather than restrain it. Starting with the 2013 release, you'll find a Muse Riesling that's far more structured and complex. We've worked with the floral, perfume and spicy characters of the lower Derwent. Wild fermentation in old oak along with extended lees maturation have given a much more opulent wine than previous releases. I think the results are excellent and will give a wine that will provide many thoughts to ponder while drinking this wine over the years to come. The fruit was sourced the Moorilla Estate vineyard (West Bank, Derwent River). The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in perfume and floral characters before it was hand-picked. Fruit quality was near ideal however we saw a return to the high botrytis pressure typical of this block. The fruit we picked was very clean but we lost roughly 55% over a three day period prior to harvest. Yields are much lower than 2012 and the harvest was 2.5 weeks later.