Escarpment Riesling Martinborough 2013
This was a generous gift from MM for me being chauffeur at the recent biking weekend. Much appreciated, mate.
Brilliant pale greenish straw colour. 12% alc.
The nose was delightfully aromatic and phenolic, showing lean and crisp acidity, with a layered note of honey.
Natch, the wine was dry/off-dry, lean, and angular to taste as well. Salty, and sharp through the mid palate, with a short crisp mineral finish. I loved the mouthwatering acidity. An arresting wine, cerebral even (if I err into weinwank for a moment…J )
Very enjoyable. I liked seeing the sweetness dialled back in this white.
Highly Recommended – 90 points
A trio of new additions for the Land of Nod:
Giles Robin ‘Alberic Bouvet’ Crozes-Hermitage 2014 – $$$ – drink 2021-2024. This was the standout (affordable) wine from the recent Giles Robin Tasting I attended.
Lamont Riesling Central Otago 2014 – $$ – drink 2021-2024. I remember drinking an earlier vintage from this producer at La Boca Loca with L and Mum and Dad a couple of years ago. I loved the super-dry and austere mineral character of the wine. Quite foreboding, and unlike any Riesling I have tried before. Very interested to see how these two behave!
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 – $$
Pale gold colour. 11.5% alc.
Steely cut-thru on the nose, crisp and ticklish, with scents of lemon and apple and a bit of clover honey.
Off dry. Austere and linear, with crisp citrus fruit flavours, short and sharp. Young and somewhat one-dimensional, but good for the heat of a summer’s afternoon, something that this season has been in short supply of.
Commended – 84 points
Astrolabe Valleys Riesling Wairau Valley Marlborough 2014 – $
On Spring special at Regional Wines…this took a while to settle down after opening…a somewhat aggressive dry style of Riesling…
11.5% alc. Pale greenish straw colour.
Dry, lean and austere. Lots of citrus notes, & apples… a premonition of lip-puckering flavours ahoy …with perhaps the occasional wince…
This wine had lots of character. Very assertive, and not so much built for ‘easy drinking’. Some will love this. It took me a few bottles over a couple of weeks to understand it and not freak out too much. Decant, and let it stand for a while. The acid starts to soften, and the fruit shows through. It has an expressive nose from the get-go, which helps a lot.
A hot day’s aperitif, or to accompany sweet seafood and you won’t go wrong.
A trois of aromatics this month:
Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014 – $$$+ – Drink 2019-2024. Tasted at an instore presentation, and highly rated – worth the splurge.
Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2014 – $$$ – Drink 2019-2024. A long-standing favourite of mine, & rated by GK at 18.5pts.
Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2015 – $$$ – Drink 2025. A second bottle secured for the Long Haul.
All bottles stored under the careful watch of cellarmouser Mimi. Don’t give me that look, puss….
Time to add to our stocks of good Rieslings…off-dry: yum, yum
Palliser Estate Riesling Martinborough 2015 – $$ – Drink 2018-2023.
Main Divide Riesling Waipara 2013 – $$
Pale golden yellow colour. 12.5% alc.
The nose is full and expressive with aromas of mandarin orange and honey and lemon citrus. Some secondary phenolic bouquet starting to show. Some mineral character as well.
Medium sweetness on palate. Fine, soft and sweet to taste. Primary tropical fruit flavours, honey and mandarin. A finely textured wine.
Melness Riesling Waipara 2013
This wine is part of the Kahurangi Estate portfolio. Melness Wines was established in Cust, North Canterbury by the Marshall family, and named after a coastal village in the Scottish Highlands where the ancestors of the founders hale from. It was sold in 2005.
Green gold colour. 12.5%.
First thing I noticed was that lovely hit of typical Riesling phenolics on the nose, followed on by aromas of caramel, apricots, butterscotch, honeycomb and hokey-pokey. All redolent of a medium style Riesling.
Sweet, and very ‘grapey’ to taste. Flavours of mandarins and Gran Marnier came through strongly.
A wine for Riesling enthusiasts, due to it’s sweetness. This will cellar well for 10 years +.
For the cellar: a couple of stellar and age-worthy Felton Road wines from a recent tasting, and a Martinborough Savvy from a new producer that totally charmed me at an instore tasting recently …
Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay Central Otago 2014 – $$$ – Drink 2019-2029.
Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2015 – $$ – Drink 2018-2026.
Grava Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2015 – $$ – Drink 2017-2020.