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Slowly but surely, the Two Tonne Tasmania range is expanding.
This suite of releases know as Ziggurat are designed to be, “adventurous in winemaking style, creative and unique each year, but above all, they are fresh and textural.”
The 2016 white is comprised of 88% Riesling which was fermented in barrel and 12% Gewürztraminer which was fermented on skins for two weeks.
It’s a lifted, aromatic, white designed to be food-friendly or a delicious aperitif. Add another string to the bow of Ricky Evans.
What It Tastes Like
“Well done this. Instantly savoury in perfume of grilled and blanched cashews, oatmeal, ripe citrus, brown lime, dried apple. The palate is a mesh of crisp and juicy, taunting with its faint savoury-nuttiness and rising on brisk, cool acidity and finishing with talc-like dryness. It’s lovely drinking, easy drinking, interesting drinking and a fanfare of layered flavours. Lots to like.” - Mike Bennie
93 points. “This wine is mostly riesling (naturally fermented, left on lees in old barrel) but it is blended with a portion (12%) of gewurztraminer that is fermented on its skins (naturally fermented, left in old barrel). Complex, textural wine attempt.
Well done this. Instantly savoury in perfume of grilled and blanched cashews, oatmeal, ripe citrus, brown lime, dried apple. The palate is a mesh of crisp and juicy, taunting with its faint savoury-nuttiness and rising on brisk, cool acidity and finishing with talc-like dryness. It’s lovely drinking, easy drinking, interesting drinking and a fanfare of layered flavours. Lots to like.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Wine: Ziggurat Riesling Year: 2016 Grape: Riesling 88%, Gewurztraminer 12% Vineyard/Sub Region / Region: Riesling-Jinglers Creek (Relbia, Tamar Valley, Tas), Gewurztraminer-DRB Vineyard (White Hills North, Tamar Valley, Tas) Age of Vines: 12-18 Soil: Relbia-Brown loam, well drained, gravel base. White Hills-Black Cracking clay, Ironstone. Slope: East/North East.
Ziggurat spring wines are produced with a simple philosophy in mind. They are adventurous in winemaking style, creative and unique each year, but above all, they are fresh and textural.
The majority of this wine is Riesling, which was hand-picked, de-stemmed and gently crushed, and then left on skins in the press for a few hours.
It was fermented in old French barrels, and left on lees with some gentle battonage for four months before being racked off solids to tank.
It was blended with a small amount (12%) of Gewurztraminer, which spent two weeks on skins, carbonic maceration style, before being pressed to an old French barrique, where it matured separately until blending.
The result is an aromatic, fresh and textural white wine. Lemongrass, bath salt, spice and peel on the nose. On the palate, crunchy granny smith apple, classic lemon and lime juiciness from the Riesling, aided by sweetness and texture from the gewürztraminer with has been carefully blended to find balance.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2023
About the Producer
Two Tonne Tasmania
Two Tonne Tasmania is the brainchild of Ricky Evens. With the slogan ‘small parcels, big love’, Ricky’s approach is all about growing pristine, healthy fruit, harvesting at the right time, and then having to do as little as possible in the winery thereafter. Since their serendipitous entry into the much sort after sub-region of the Tamar Valley in 2013, their first few releases have made quite a few waves. Pinot is Ricky’s game, and he plays hard-ball.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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