Empirica Sparkling Riesling 2020

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Empirica Sparkling Riesling 2020

RRP: $29.00

Region: Great Southern
Variety: 95% Riesling 5%Gewurztraminer
Alcohol: 12.2%



Ebullient by name and ebullient by nature. The effervescence explodes the limes and characteristic floral aromas out of the glass. The rich citrusy baked tart character cascade through the mouth, bouncing along with the acid and intense fruit. 10 months aging

on yeast lees provides just a hint of brioche complexity without compromising the pristine Riesling fruit characters the region is famous for. Drink anytime it’s appropriate (and once or twice when it is not!).

Tasting notes (PDF download)

2020, 2017

2020 was a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.
In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.

The fruit was harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit intensity and minimal delay in processing time. The softest press portion was fermented very cold in a stainless steel tank to preserve the intense fruit and minimise phenolic extraction. Aged in 300L stainless

steel vessels to help maximise the lees surface area to volume ration.

Alcohol: 12.2%
pH: 3.01
T/A: 9.9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 5 g/L

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