2019 Nikau Farm 'Tolone' Riesling

2019 Nikau Farm &

2019 Nikau Farm 'Tolone' Riesling

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Nikau Farm is Dane and Hannah Johns' of Momento Mori very own estate-grown, handcrafted and bottled wines from their family vineyard in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.  These wines have significantly more time, labour and dedication put into them, such that it would not be fair to group them together under the one Momento Mori label. To fully capture the level of detail Dane and Hannah go to to produce these wines you can read more here.

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The “Tolone" block is the other small vineyard on our farm and is planted mainly to Riesling. It has some Chardonnay interplanted within it and these plants are only evident later in the season when the slightly different shape of the leaves is recognisable to the trained eye. The vines are an average age of 27 years old. As with the other vineyard on the property it is farmed organically and has been since it was planted. This is clearly evident in the abundance of life both in and above the ground.

The soils here are much the same as the Pinot block being mostly comprised of a sedimentary sandstone base with a high silica content and with a friable loam layer over the top. The loam layer is thinner here than in the pinot block, most likely due to the steepness of the slope. It is also much faster draining for the same reason.

The biggest difference with this block though is the aspect. It is facing predominately west and It is the highest hill on the property and indeed the area as a whole. This makes it extremely exposed to southerly weather systems coming in from the Bass strait.

In fact in the 2020 season it was severely battered by a week of bad weather just after Spring flowering. Most of flowers were so badly damaged they did not produce any fruit. Hence there was no wine made from this block in 2020.

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