Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

+61 2 6362 5631

Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2015 Riesling (12 bottle case)

Cellar Door

Sensational quality wine from the Orange, NSW wine growing region.

2015 Riesling (12 bottle case)

bloodwood riesling 2015.png
bloodwood riesling 2015.png

2015 Riesling (12 bottle case)

348.00

"Bright green gold in colour, this vineyard's usual talc, honeysuckle and spicy citrus is to the fore in the bouquet with similar flavours running the entire length of the palate of this fine Riesling. Finishing satisfyingly dry and fresh, its sinewy minerality means it will take some time in your cellar to fully reveal the subtle complexities of this delicate wine."

11.5% Al/Vol

 

Quantity:
Add To Cart

Vineyard

The grapes for the 2015 Riesling are sourced from the top 12 rows of the Riesling vineyard. This vineyard faces due north on an 18 degree slope with the rows approximately South East/North West in orientation on a Scott-Henry trellis system. The trellis is opened towards the top of the slope in a southerly direction allowing important late season sunlight to linger on the maturing fruit. The laminated siltstones and shales of this vineyard slope allow for very reliable drainage in wetter growing seasons and a generally warmer start to each growing season. This is a very important quality vineyard for Bloodwood.

Vintage Conditions

Winter/spring rainfall: Winter rainfall, (which mostly fell in early winter) was close to the average: 226.8/244.6mm while Spring rainfall was about 45% lower than average. 132.2/225mm. In summary, a very dry and cool lead in to budburst and early vine growth. 

Weather up to and including harvest: Early summer rainfall in December and January was well above average (300/147 mm) which saved yields and brought the vintage into shape. We experienced much cooler conditions in mid-summer than we have for the last few years and if early season botrytis was avoided on whites, this cool weather helped enormously. Coupled with well below average February rainfall and the driest March for more than 20 years, we have had a wonderful run up to and through vintage. The amazing thing is that we have seen moderate alcohols; low pH readings and good T/A readings even though most fruit has been picked up to three weeks earlier than is traditional. e.g. We used to begin harvest at Bloodwood on or about 20th March with Chardonnay. This year we actually picked our (14% +) Shiraz on 20th March.  

Yield: Yields were generally good across all varieties except in some vineyards caught by the extended cold outbreaks of early October to mid November. Not so much a frosting but long chill hours causing restricted spring growth in vineyards already suffering from the dry late winter and early spring at a vulnerable stage of growth. Chardonnay seemed to bear the brunt of the yield drop in these vineyards. 


Stand out varieties; All varieties performed well this year with a slight preference to the mid-season varieties like Riesling; Cabernet Franc: Merlot and Cabernet Franc. But this is nit picking; 2015 is a very good vintage for Bloodwood.
Overall quality: High.

Winemaking

The main consideration here was a clean, efficient ferment minimizing volatile acidity and extended ferment characters. At 22.6 Brix and a T/A nudging 8g/l there was not much that was needed in the way of winemaking. Whole bunch pressing as the grapes came of the vines, cool settling overnight, racking and warming to help ferment get underway was our straightforward approach.Generally fermented between 14 and 18c over 30 days to dryness, the wine looked delicious from the start. Following bench trials, protein and cold stabilization, the wine was sterile filtered and bottled in September 2015.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.29
Acidity 8.0 g/l
Alc/Vol 12.5%

Tasting Notes

"Bright green gold in colour, this vineyard's usual talc, honeysuckle and spicy citrus is to the fore in the bouquet with similar flavours running the entire length of the palate of this fine Riesling. Finishing satisfyingly dry and fresh, its sinewy minerality means it will take some time in your cellar to fully reveal the subtle complexities of this delicate wine."

Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, cool-fermented to dryness with cultured yeast, matured on fine lees in tank for 6 months. Good wine, with all the requisites of lime/citrus fruit aroma and flavour backed by citrussy acidity.

94 points to 2025
— Mr Halliday's review of the 2015 Riesling
Tight control. Excellent fruit intensity. Slatey, minerally finish....This Riesling flies an impressive flag both on the palate and through the extended finish.

11.5% Al/Vol Rating 95 Drink 2028.
— Mr Halliday’s review of 2014 Riesling
Pale straw; mineral laden on the bouquet, with prominent lemon juice and fennel aromas; the palate is taut and racy, firm, unevolved and the firm acidity is certainly at the higher end of the spectrum; time will be essential to maximise drinking pleasure.

11.5% alc. Rating 92 Drink 2021
— Mr Halliday’s review of 2011 Riesling
2010 Bloodwood Riesling
Stephen Doyle and his wife Rhonda are two of the pioneers of Orange District wine. They have been making wines in their own particular way since their first vintage in 1986. Bloodwood has developed a reputation for its satirical labels and individual styles, but especially for the quality of its Riesling. In 2009, Stephen made a particularly good example. The wine displayed vibrant limey notes and mineral characters on the palate, finishing with dry, crisp acidity. However, the 2010 (made from the vines planted in 1984) is a cracker, and is especially recommended for lovers of the dry, minerally style. I visited the winery a month or so ago to sample the wine which will be released just before Christmas: “Intense floral aromas with hints of honeysuckle. Very refined, delicate palate with a fine minerally texture, great length and vibrant limey acidity. Outstanding 12.8% Screwcap
— Winewise Review by Len Sorbello
Fragrant spice, wild flower and apple aromas lead into an intense and lime-juicy palate, with immaculate balance and length. Screwcap.
12.5% alc. Rating 96 Drink 2020
— Mr Halliday’s review of 2008 Riesling
A gloriously fragrant bouquet with a surge of lime/lemon blossom, then an emphatic palate full of lime and a hint of herb; finishes well. Screwcap.
12.5% alc. Rating 94 Drink 2018
— Mr Halliday’s review of 2009 Riesling
Rhonda and Steven Doyle were two of the pioneers of the Orange region when they began to plant their 8.4-ha vineyard in 1983. At an altitude of around 850 m, there was never any question about the suitability of the climate for riesling. This wine is pale green-straw in colour, with a lovely floral blossom bouquet. The tightly focused palate has lime/citrus fruit wrapped around a strong mineral backbone - to use a mixed metaphor, a lady-in-waiting for the next few years.

Rating: 93
— Mr Halliday’s review of 2010 Riesling
HTML Comment Box is loading comments...