2016 Carrick 'The Death on Von Tempsky' Skin-Fermented Riesling
There are two wines in the pair (we were able to secure a small parcel of the '15 Pinot) - both wines are organic and made without fining, filtration and any adds whatsoever, including sulfur. They are also among the most beautiful, poised, expressive natural NZ wines we have been able to offer. Both wines have a fineness and beauty that is hard to challenge and also both offer exceptional value for money
The 2016 Death of Von Tempsky is handpicked Riesling, fermented on skins and sealed with maceration for 95 days. This wine reminds me of some of the great amphora wines of Italy - it has a waxy, resinous richness which is juxtaposed against the intense floral aromatics of Central Otago Riesling. To me, this is a wine that has a quality I can only describe as "the unbearable lightness of being". Because Riesling is a relatively thin-skinned grape the wine is pale gold (rather than amber or orange) but has a brightness, persistence, and beauty that is hard to compare. As for the label, it is a lithograph by Marion McGuire Von Tempsky was killed in Taranaki during the New Zealand wars, but in this image, his death takes place in ancient Troy. Of the label, choice Francis says, "This juxtaposition of timing fits well with the wine in the bottle. It is made in an old style manner but very much a product of a contemporary winery."