2016 Rileys of Eden Valley Sparkling Hare'n' Roo

Vineyard: Rileys Sparkling wine is made from premium, single vineyard grapes grown in the cool climate of Eden Valley. The vines are hand pruned and picked each year to ensure a high standard is maintain of vineyard management.

Season: The vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards.  Rainfall came in early March which and allowed the vines to refresh without damaging wine grapes. Open vine canopies assisted with maintaining low disease pressure and allowed light to ripen wine grapes without sunburn damage.

Wine making:  Hand picked parcels from the estate of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were made and barrel aged separately. With the wine makers choice of these two varieties for the final blend, the Sparkling wine was placed in bottle for a traditional sparkling wine making method.

Appearance: Pale straw and salmon hue

Aroma/Bouquet: Toasted cashew nuts mingled with apple and strawberry.

Palate: The palate is crisp with a complex buttery texture. Elegant fruit notes of strawberry and cherry  lead to a refreshing dry finish.

Food Pairing: Canapes such as Potato cakes with smoked salmon and sour cream, Chicken skewers and spiced satay or a selection of artisan cheese with cured meats.

Alcohol: 12.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 200 cases

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine

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