From the Cellar: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Riesling Marlborough 2007 – $
One of my favourite wines from one of my favourite producers. Enough said.
Pale green straw colour. 11.5% alc.
Clear and crisp and expansive aromas of citrus and apple. So open, so appealing!
So much life in the mouth! Crisp citrus and crunchy green apples. Austere and of-minerals on attack. Sweet through the mid-palate. A long finish. Still so zingy and fresh. Aging slowly under scfrewcap. There is another 10 years in this wine. Pity I don’t have another.
Highly Recommended 94 Points
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling Martinborough 2014 – $$
Pale gold colour. 11.5% alc.
Steely cut-thru on the nose, crisp and ticklish, with scents of lemon and apple and a bit of clover honey.
Off dry. Austere and linear, with crisp citrus fruit flavours, short and sharp. Young and somewhat one-dimensional, but good for the heat of a summer’s afternoon, something that this season has been in short supply of.
Commended – 84 points
Astrolabe Valleys Riesling Wairau Valley Marlborough 2014 – $
On Spring special at Regional Wines…this took a while to settle down after opening…a somewhat aggressive dry style of Riesling…
11.5% alc. Pale greenish straw colour.
Dry, lean and austere. Lots of citrus notes, & apples… a premonition of lip-puckering flavours ahoy …with perhaps the occasional wince…
This wine had lots of character. Very assertive, and not so much built for ‘easy drinking’. Some will love this. It took me a few bottles over a couple of weeks to understand it and not freak out too much. Decant, and let it stand for a while. The acid starts to soften, and the fruit shows through. It has an expressive nose from the get-go, which helps a lot.
A hot day’s aperitif, or to accompany sweet seafood and you won’t go wrong.
Mud House The Mound Vineyard Riesling Waipara 2014 – $$
Pale straw colour. 11.5% alc. Single Vineyard product.
Welcome typical varietal phenolic, volatile and lifted characters. Smells of apple, lime and Meyer lemon. & Fresh. White blossom and brioche aromas at the back.
A off dry style, the wine tastes supple, ripe & bracing. It has that lovely mouthwatering astringency that makes Riesling so delicious. It is clear on the palate, with perfect fruit weight and a bracing linear finish. Another candidate that confirms Waipara as a go-to-place for delicious good value Rieslings.
Off Topic: Jovly Chenin Blanc Vouvray 2013 – $$
I had a bit of a moan my last post about the uniformly ok quality of the wine I have been drinking and writing about recently. I was challenged by a reader to try wines and producers I am unfamiliar with. So here goes…
This wine came recommended from Regional Wines: Vouvray is a wine-growing sub-region of the Loire Valley, France’s largest geographical wine growing region. The Loire River meanders from Orléans all the way to the Atlantic. The area is known for the age-worthy white wine Chenin Blanc. I can’t find much information off the net about the producer.
The wine is very very pale greenish straw colour. 11.5%. Demi-sec style Chenin. A light bouquet that doesn’t give much away except notes of citrus and pears.
Bright citrus characters in the mouth, minerality, and astringency countered by good weight of ripe fruit flavours. I taste green apples and honey. Long. There is joyful intent in this wine, it sizzles.