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Muse Riesling 2014

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Drink 2015-2035



From our single Moorilla vineyard at MONA, this is Moorilla’s original wine, fermented wild in old French oak barrels. It’s picked by hand after tasting for floral and fruit flavours. There a bouquet of apples, yeast and ginger spice, lemon and lime curd, minerality, vanilla bean and coconut. In this weighty style, the lees creaminess and wild ferment texture help to soften the wealth of tannins and firm natural acidity of its youth. This wine will benefit from a long time in the cellar. There’s a lovely long lemon note to finish. A wine of great longevity and youthful complexity.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

After many years of struggling to make a blended Riesling from both the Moorilla and St.Matthias vineyards that I thought was appropriately complex for Muse I gave up trying after the success of the 2012 single vineyard release. The profile of the Riesling from the Moorilla vineyard being floral, spicy and perfumed (rather than fresh with citrus fruit) has been accentuated in the winery. Wild fermentation in old oak along with extended lees maturation give a much more opulent wine than releases prior to 2012. I think this compliments the vineyard and results in a wine that provides subtlety and complexity now as well as for the future. The fruit was sourced the Moorilla Estate vineyard (West Bank, Derwent River) and was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in perfume and floral characters before it was hand-picked. Fruit quality was very good but as always there is some botrytis risk with our vineyard due to its close proximity to the river. Timing of harvest is therefore quite critical as we need the fruit to ripen but must avoid as much botrytis progression as possible. Vintage 2014 was particularly low yielding which was a shame but beyond control, so timing was even more crucial. Due to the lower yields we were able to harvest a week earlier than normal and avoid much of the normal botrytis pressure.