2013 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "M" Marlborough New Zealand (Elsewhere $25+)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Riesling ‘M’ shows off a nose of lime pastilles and pear drops with underlying hints of mandarin peel and fennel seed. Medium-sweet in the light-bodied mouth with a lower level of alcohol (10.5% declared), it generously provides plenty of flavor and finishes long and nicely poised. Drink it now to 2017+.
95 points Sam Kim Wine Orbit: "(M) is for medium, yet it’s brilliantly refreshing and vibrant, displaying white peach, mandarin, ripe citrus and floral characters on the nose, followed by a succulent palate that shows wonderful poise and harmony. The elegant sweetness is perfectly balanced by the acidity, making the wine seamless and crisp to the finish. At its best: now to 2023." TWR takes inspiration from the great wines of the Mosel in this energetic and off-dry Riesling. The long hours of sunshine and cool overnight temperatures in Marlborough lend themselves perfectly to retain the natural acidity (a remarkable 9.5g/L) for this food-friendly and dynamic style. Selected from a single 32 year old vineyard block, all of the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted before being fermented at cool temperatures to retain freshly intense aromatics. From the winery: "Lifted aromas of orange blossom, mandarin, lime and white peach follow onto vibrant, ripe flavors of pink grapefruit, peach and lime with underlying slatey mineral notes. This wine is fine and soft with excellent fruit weight and concentration to counterbalance the mouth-watering acidity."