Fresh Kiwi Riesling
About the Wine Maker
Proudly family owned, the Borthwick Vineyard is an established vineyard situated in Gladstone, the heart of the Wairarapa. Producing quality wine for over a decade, Paddy, an experienced wine maker, has gained a reputation for producing consistently great wines.
The 27 hectares of vines bordering the Ruamahunga River in Gladstone, Wairarapa are on stony, free draining, alluvial soils, with a micro climate giving warm daily temperatures, cool nights and low rainfall; perfect conditions for producing distinctive, quality wines.
Paddy’s family association with farming and the fine food it produces dates back to his great-great grandfather, Sir Thomas Borthwick who was a pioneer in the English meat trade. Originally a butcher, Sir Thomas went on to be one of the first to export frozen meat to England to all parts of the globe.
In 1936, Paddy’s grandfather, PJ Borthwick, immigrated to New Zealand and purchased Te Whanga Station 100km’s to the north of Wellington in the Wairarapa district.
Following in the footsteps of great-great grandfather Thomas, Paddy was looking for diversification to farming, and saw the Wairarapa having an ideal climate for growing super premium wine grapes. So in 1985 Paddy left Te Whanga in the capable hands of his family, and trained at the world renowned Roseworthy College in Australia as a viticulturist and wine maker, embarking on a career spanning five countries and three continents before settling back into the Wairarapa. In 1996, Paddy and his father Robin began planning the 27-hectare Borthwick Vineyard and Winery.
About the Wine
2011 displayed typical weather the Wairarapa is known for. After a cool spring the summer was warm and dry with great heat accumulation. This was followed by a dry and cool Autumn which allowed for a long slow ripening period.
Paddy Borthwick Riesling is made from a mixture of German clones planted in 1997, 1998 and 2007. Vines are extensively fruit thinned to ensure concentration in the wines. The younger vines have smaller bunches and promote citrus characters and racy acidity, that is the hallmark of the Borthwick Riesling. The older vines tend to produce softer wines, with more mouth-feel that develop into marmalade and honeyed characters.
The Riesling is settled before inoculation with selected yeast strains that promote a slow, cool fermentation. The fermentation is arrested when Paddy feels the best balance has occured between sweetness and acidity. The wine is always treated with the respect Riesling deserves.
This has resulted in a Riesling that has an enticing aroma of blossoms, limes and citrus. Almost dry to taste, with delicate perfume and fresh citrus, marmalade and manuka honey flavors. Drink now or age for 6 years and let the wine show the developing complexities of a great Riesling.