2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues. The nose is full and lively with bright fruit aromas of jasmine, exotic yellow florals and honeysuckle, along with layers of limes, marmalade, minerals and toast. This has freshness and intensity. Medium in sweetness, the fruit flavours of citrus fruits, yellow florals, honey and toast are rich and concentrated forming a luscious core and very fine-textured line. The mouthfeel is lively with excellent acidity and energy, and the wine flows with plenty of drive, carrying to a very long and sustained finish of honey and exotic florals. This is a fresh, lively, exotic medium Riesling with concentration and richness. Serve with Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from ‘The Mound’ and ‘Bedford’ vineyards with 5% botrytis infection, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 16 g/L RS, TA 7.3 g/L and pH 3.2, the wine aged on lees 4-5 months.
Tongue in Groove is no longer a ‘new kid on the block’; it is a formidable producer of outstanding wines, year after year. This latest offering combines vibrancy with sensuality, and delivers loads of pleasing flavours. Beautifully perfumed with stone fruit, floral, mandarin and a hint of honey on the nose. The palate is concentrated and finely textured with subliminal sweetness backed by bright acidity. Delightfully refreshing and immensely enjoyable already, this is a brilliantly structured riesling with a promising future. At its best: now to 2023.
Luscious, full-flavoured Riesling with intensity gained from a small percentage of botrytis and some skin contact. The result is a rich and quite complex wine with hints of honey, apricot, peach, spice and subtle citrus/lime. A peppery and slightly phenolic texture. Bold wine with character.
This has a pleasant whiff of petrol up front before opening to a generous mix of lemon marmalade, peach cobbler and baked apple flavors that mingle nicely. The finish is decidedly juicy. (MW, Web-2015)
Tongue in Groove's "The Mound" Riesling is a stunning followup to last year's delicious bottle that sold out in the blink of an eye! Lynette certainly has great skill with Riesling and I love Tongue In Groove's just slightly off-dry, exotic style. The vineyard sits in the flats of Waipara Valley where the vines grow deep into terraces of river / glacial gravels. The fruit from here has intense perfume and flavor concentration, creating some of New Zealand's most heralded aromatic wines. The fruit is selected with a small portion (+/- 5%) of botrytis affected clusters. The fruit is held in the press for a few hours of skin contact allowing gentle extraction of flavors and phenolics. The pressed juice then sits on full solids for almost a week, again allowing interaction between the pure juice and all the "tasty bits"! The wine is then fermented with fairly clear juice, at cool temperatures on fine lees for texture and length on the palate. The resulting wine is an explosion of spiced mandarin, honeyed melon, jasmine and honeysuckle. The interplay between the zesty citrus and more honeyed botrytis tones is magical. The wine's aromatics and mid-palate lead you to think it is sweeter than it is, but then the fine, ripe acidity kicks in and freshens everything up beautifully through the long mouthwatering finish. This is one of those "hole in your glass" wines…it just keeps disappearing. Awesome stuff! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L New Zealand wine buyer)