2003 Konrad & Conrad "Sigrun" Noble Late Harvest Riesling Marlborough (375ml)

SKU #1062216 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Sigrun Noble Riesling reveals a spicy, botrytis-riddled nose reminiscent of a top-flight German Beerenauslese. On the palate, this outstanding wine is packed with jammy apricots, white peaches, and honeyed minerals. Medium-bodied, it has excellent balance as well as focus without the searing acidity found in great German sweet wines. In addition, its long, seamless finish exhibits smile-inducing hints of candied tangerines. Drink this beauty over the next 10 years.  (6/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep orange-bronze color. Bright, botrytized aromas of orange, honey, marzipan and fresh almond. Concentrated, spicy and sweet, with intense flavors of cherry-almond and honey. Impressively dense yet also sappy, and very long and sweet on the back end. Superb.  (10/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and rich, but not weighty, with silky texture and just enough acidity to keep it from going flabby. Pineapple, orange marmalade, honey and clove flavors mingle nicely as the finish persists. Drink now through 2008. 250 cases imported.  (11/2005)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.