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Wild Earth Central Otago Riesling

Bannockburn, Central Otago

Wild Earth

Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island...

He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago. Established in 1998, Wild Earth Wines owns 35 hectares of vineyards in two of the region’s finest locations - at the end of Felton Road overlooking the Kawarau River and in the North Lowburn district beneath the imposing Pisa Range.

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The grapes for this wine came from the Bannockburn Estate Vineyard at the end of Felton Road. The vines are situated on a broad terrace close to the Kawarau River with full exposure to the northern sun. The Riesling block covers just under two hectares and is planted with 4,977 vines. This harvest was the sixth time Wild Earth has made their own wine from this fruit.

Vintage information

The 2011 vintage was a year of doing battle with mother nature. Spring got things going with a bang. Hot dry conditions encouraged rapid early season growth. Summer emerged on the unpredictable side with cool fronts delivering lots of rain, interspersed with warm patches. Just when vintners were beginning to despair, they were saved by a dry Indian summer, ready for harvest on the 6th and 14th of April.


A single small tank fermentation was undertaken. The juice was innoculated and the must underwent a cool fermentation, where temperature was controlled over a period of time. Fermentation was stopped by chilling in order to balance the natural acidity with residual sugar. The wine was fined with milk products then filtered before being bottled in mid November.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw in colour with pale hues. Citrus on the nose, such as lemon and grapefruit with stonefruit and floral notes. Nectarine and citrus flavours come through on the palate. A dry style wine with medium weight and crisp, balanced acidity with a lovely lingering finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Bannockburn, Central Otago
Winemaker Peter Bartle
Alcohol (ABV) 13.4%
Acidity 7.43g/l
Residual Sugar 6.8g/l
Wine pH 3