Loveblock Sweet Riesling 2018 (6 Bottles) Marlborough

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Pale gold colour in the glass. Sweet aromas of honeysuckle, candied peel and citrus assail the senses. A sweet fruit explosion opens with honeysuckle, candied citrus peel and lemon notes on the palate and then dries beautifully.

The grapes for this wine were sourced entirely from the family-owned vineyard in Lower Dashwood, where the elevated and windy location challenges the vines. The soil here is predominately composed of a layer of top soil over a tight clay that the vines can’t penetrate.

Once at the winery, the grapes were crushed, destemmed and pressed immediately. The juice was then floated, warmed and inoculated with an aromatic yeast. A cool fermentation followed and when the wine was deemed in balance (in residual sugar, alcohol and acidity) the ferment was stopped. The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottled in late October 2018.



About Loveblock Wines

At first I fell in love with the view. You can almost see the end of the earth from up there, but it is really only the hills behind Wellington on the horizon across the Cook Strait in New Zealand. It is the “quiet” and the feeling of space and air filling your lungs I fully love. The aura of peace and time.

Back in 2004, this was a wild piece of land, untamed and hidden from the world. We, Kim and I, have both been working in the wine industry for most of our lives and wondered what we could do with this wildness: how would the unique terroir translate to flavours in wine? Can we make wine that is elegant, restrained and complex? Wine that speaks of its place and a season.

Here in New Zealand land is precious; the economy largely depends on agriculture. As grape growers and wine farmers, we are custodians of this land. We must take care of it, restore soil balance and fertility without commercial fertilisers and chemical protection. We have learnt that the rhythm of the land is immovable, that we need to submit to it and respect it to get the best from it.

We want to make the best wine we can, wine that speaks with the voice of naked terroir. To do this I hired the best winemaker I know. Let me show you around Loveblock and introduce you to our people


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The Hancocks name traces its origins back to 1859 when Thomas Hancock purchased the Captain Cook Inn in Khyber Pass Road Newmarket. Hancocks originally started life as a brewer and publican. The company went through many changes in its first 100 years, including the manufacture and distribution of spirits. Over the course of years the company changed names several times with the core of the company being the basis of what we now know as Lion.