2014 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Riesling Lowburn Central Otago

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This very limited bottling from Mount Edward is an off-dry style of Riesling that remains mineral-driven and light on its feet. Morrison is an estate vineyard of Mount Edward which is planted with just 1 hectare of Riesling. This 2014 release has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2013 bottling garnered 93+ points from Wine Advocate and 94-96 points from Raymond Chan.

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Staff Image By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2017 | Send Email
Wow, this is a whole lotta Riesling for the fee. The Mount Edward must have put on some weight since my colleague's 2015 review, below, as Riesling is wont to do. Fans of dry, lime-drenched Clare Valley Riesling might want to check this out--I had to read the back label to learn that it's considered "medium dry," but "sweet" it ain't. It does cling to the palate like the surf of a lime sea, slowly receding down the sandy strand. Texture! Depending on how my taxes turn out (note the review date) I just might buy some more of what's left in stock.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
I am so sad that I finally tried a bottle of this, now that were are down to the very end of the vintage. This is a terrific bottle of Riesling. Coming in at under 12%ABV this light weight, full intensity Riesling sings! Lime zest, salty minerality and just a faint earthiness on the finish. All that backed up with slap you in the face acidity. I thought the wine evaporated it disappeared so quickly at dinner last night.

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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.