Vintage
2015
Brand
Spinoff
Title
Skin Contact Riesling
Description

There is more to Riesling than sweet and sour, and citrus and floral. Our winemakers have the scope to build texture around the natural high levels of acidity there is in our fruit, using alternative techniques, rather than sugar/sweetness. Spinoff Skin Contact Riesling was inspired by the idea of exploring the texture element to an extreme, whilst also opening up an entirely new spectrum of aroma, flavour and taste through long-term skin contact.

$ 35.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
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Viticulture

Varietal
Riesling (100%)
Vintage
2015
Region
Grampians

Tasting Notes

Nose
Through this new interpretation, our Riesling delivers deep old spice characters such as coriander seed, lavender, fennel seed, curry leave and flourishes of clove and bay leaf. There are also moments of rose, orange peel and freshly roasted nuts.
Palate
The palate is an entirely different experience. The spices are pervasive, ducking and weaving throughout a creamy flow of mango, pear and apple, and bringing in characters to the finish that are reminiscent of chicken stock, mushrooms and certain cheeses such as Comté. There is the most pristine and pure acidity throughout this wine. Not linear, or focused; it is fine, but crackles throughout the mouth. The acidity isn’t the only element tying this wine together; the extended skin contact has created a captivating structure to it. The tannins are super fine, even and wonderfully complex. Not an edge of bitterness, just a mouth-full of character, expression and charm that still speaks of Mount Langi Ghiran, albeit with an entirely different voice.

Winemaking

Alcohol
11%
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
Grapes were handpicked at the point at which flavor, sugar and acid were in peak balance, and, importantly, skins and seed tannin were soft and yielding rather than hard, bitter and angular. Grapes were then de-stemmed in to an old 500L barrel that was stood upright and knocked the head out of to act as a mini-open fermenter. The grapes and juice were then left to ferment naturally. Once fermentation had finished, the barrel was sealed up with pallet wrap and left for 14 months. The lees that had settled at the bottom of the barrel was stirred once every few months to build extra texture, and to give protection to the wine throughout its journey. The skins were then basket pressed to old barrique barrels and rested on lees for 2 months prior to racking straight to bottle without any additions or any filtration. Pure. Riesling. The story behind this wine

Professional Reviews

Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Mike Bennie
Publication
Wine Front
Review
Spinoff, more like *spin out*. Mount Langi doing skin contact white wine? I guess Trevor Mast probably had a few things going like that in the shed, way back. I like the 80s style scratchy font used for the logo too. Edgy graphics for an edgy wine range that celebrates one-offs and experiments. Ben Haines is the chief winemaker and I’m digging that he’s having a crack at various things. These are wines utilising estate fruit that in the past didn’t really see light of day. As I understand, the skins were left in contact with the juice for 14 months in a sealed barrel, then pressed off, then rested for a further two months on lees, then bottled, straight up. Wow. That’s derring-do for a first crack at the style. Impressive. Sure is cloudy. Likely turn a few heads of The Establishment who see Mount Langi as a upright citizen of conventional fine wine. Broad array of aromas from ripe apples to honey to whisky marmalade to barley sugar water. Evocative and lovely. Juicy and bright flavours, lively with zigs and zags of tangy acidity, brisk citrus and appley flavours hemmed in by fine, pepper, chalky tannins. It’s complex, amazingly refreshing, feels somewhere closer to a tonic or similar than pure table wine, but utterly charming and delicious. Very good for its ilk.
Vintage
2015
Brand
Spinoff
Title
Skin Contact Riesling
$ 35.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 35.00 total + shipping

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