The Story Wines is oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.

2016 Whitlands Riesling

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Our second release from Whitlands. Whitlands is a regional departure for us but unfortunately our Henty vineyard source Barratt’s vineyard was pulled out so that Rod and his wife could sell up and retire. A shame for us but a well-earned rest for them. Its replacement is much further afield, but shares the very cold climate character I think Riesling needs. I was told about an old Brown Brothers contract site next door to their Whitlands vineyard that had some pretty smart Riesling, so went to investigate. The Croucher Vineyard is set at close spacing on red volcanic soils, up at around 800m above sea level, and was planted in the mid-1980s. It seemed to have the right credentials. in 2016 we whole bunch pressed with a little more phenolics for texture, then fermented it in stainless, a very simple, clean ferment which I stopped with 5g/l residual sugar, a fraction drier than usual for us but the warmer year did not have the same acidity to tame.

– Vine Age 30 yrs
– 12.2% alc
– pH 2.90
– Total Acidity 6g/l
– 340 dozen produced

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