Jeanneret Big Fine Girl Riesling 2014
All the fruit is handpicked and once it gets to the winery it is crushed and pressed immediately to tank, where it is cold settled before racking to its fermentation tank. Only the free run juice is used and where possible the individual parcels are fermented separately, as long and cold as we dare. After fermentation each tank is looked at to see how it fits into the blend, and the Big Fine Girl is then blended and bottled. All through the winemaking process we endeavour to do as little as possible, so as to preserve all the natural fruit flavours in the wine; what we taste on the vine, we want in the bottle.
While the weather of the 2014 vintage demanded a more delicate and elegant Big Fine Girl than normal, fortunately it is just as delicious as normal. With a wonderfully pale colour, the wine has a really pretty nose: all quiveringly ripe and fresh apple. There’s freshly sliced apricot too, and some fresh lemon and lime in the background – everything’s intertwined and it’s utterly mouth-watering. That prettiness and delicacy follows onto the palate too: it has an elegance and lightness of touch that makes it so very drinkable. Apple and apricot flavours dominate, and are given line and cut by gentle citrus acidity that wraps itself around your tongue and carries the wine to a long and delicious finish. It seems to shimmer with light; a vinuous distillation of warm sunshine, cool morning air and delicately ripe fruit. Her finesse and gentle intensity promise many happy days in her youth, but also offer really exciting cellaring prospects. Drink her now on her own in the garden surrounded by roses and lengthening shadows, or with really delicate foods like plainly grilled white fish.