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2021

‘Øst’

Riesling   |   Adelaide Hills

About

Øst sounds like it could be the name of a character in Game of Thrones, a brutish man with a long beard and a sword on his hip. In reality, it’s a 300-year-old family middle name on the Deichmann brothers’ mom’s side of the family. It means “East.” Suddenly, the name takes on a softer, gentler quality. The same evolution can be said of this wine. At first impression, a skin-contact Riesling, with all of its tannin and acidity, seems like it would be harsh. But there is something that remains delicate about this Adelaide Hills wine. It’s funky, for sure, but would you expect any less from these guys?

The Riesling is hand harvested from the K1 vineyard in the Kuitpo Forrest, Adelaide Hills. It ferments naturally on the skins for 28 days (after gentle foot stomping and hand-plunging). It is then pressed directly into large format oak where the wine is handled oxidatively. It stayed on the lees for 12 months of aging. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering, and with a very small sulfur addition.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Riesling
  • Vineyard: K1 Kuitpo
  • Vine Age: 35-years-old
  • Soil Type: Ancient gravelly ironstone podzols (500-870 million years old)
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Native — one-ton open-top fermenter (100% whole berry)
  • Skin Contact: 28 days
  • Aging: 12 months in large-format oak
  • Alcohol: 10%
  • pH: 3.22
  • Total Acidity: 6.7 g/L
  • Total SO2: 30 ppm
  • Total Production: 160 cases

Tasting Notes

Bright orange, tannic, grippy. Zingy acidity on the palate. This wine is funky and fun as hell.

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