The grapes for this wine were picked in two lots 18 days apart to provide a greater spread of flavours. The aromas range from toasty limes to touches of yellow peach with orange blossom and hints of talc. The palate is long, lean and crisp, with an intense front palate showing locked-up fruit which is yet to emerge, and with lime, yellow peach and minerals also apparent on the nose. The palate resembles a slightly more sumptuous version of the '96 dry Riesling when it was at that point of development. At present the '99 wine only hints at the elegance and ethereal grace I would expect to emerge with time. This is a wine for matching with food after bottle ageing (4-8 years or longer).
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