Vineyard: The Riesling used for Ratafia is located at our Avon Brae vineyard in the High Eden region of Eden Valley. Grown at an altitude of 490m with regular breezes allowing for healthy growing conditions.
Season: The 2006 vintage is seen as another high quality year but yields in most varieties were down by 15-20%. The vintage was one of the earliest on record, with whites were nearly all picked by the end of March.
Winemaking: The wine grapes were allowed to sweeten on the vine before hand harvesting and traditionally pressed before chill fermentation. Once fermented dry, an addition of fortified wine was added before bottling and aging to release.
Appearance: Pale yellow golden colour.
Aroma/Bouquet: A distinctive toffee apple nose with hints of fairy floss.
Palate: A generous palate of rich, mouth filling fruit with golden syrup characters, trails on to a lingering, cleansing finish.
Food Pairing: Cheese plates, a large glass of ice for a refreshing summer wine, de-glazing, create a syrup for citrus sponge. Versatile and enticing!
Residual Sugar: 3.04 g/L
Production: 2000 dozen (375ml)
Cellar potential: 25+ years
Winemaker: Christa Deans