2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley (Previously $20)

SKU #1203770 93-95 points Raymond Chan

 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.  (4/2015)

95 points Sam Kim

 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.  (4/2015)

92 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
Winemaker Lynnette Hudson pulls out all the stops in this monster of a Riesling that puts me in mind of the best of the Alsatian wines. Big and rich in style with just a hint of residual sugar and a deft touch of botrytis. Tons of Riesling goodness here, pure poetry, with no apologies and no regrets. Very well done.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
Aaaaand the Tongue in Groove Riesling brings it again! Seriously fabulous Riesling, most excellently crafted. Apricot, peach, and citrus with classic mandarin orange marmalade botrytis notes with a delicious sweetness that is perfectly balanced with the acidity. Stock up- last year the staff bought 90% of the stock!
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2015 | Send Email
Very interesting Riesling. While the nose seems to suggest something on the dry, maybe even austere side, the palate tells a different story. It's all stone fruit and peach pits, with a richness and lees driven quality that reminds me of some Rheingau Rieslings. Tongue in Groove continues to make some of the best Rieslings in this unique, expressive, German influenced style.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2015 | Send Email
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Another big winner Ryan found for us! This Pinot is a great example of how a wine can show the fantastic fruit of the new world while still maintaining complexity and balance. The label looks like something right out of an Austin Powers movie but don't be fooled, this one is serious and seriously good!
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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2015 | Send Email
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The nose is full of honeysuckle and edelflower...well more like their extract, to say that the wine is floral would be incorrect it has a more concentrated aromatic, wilder and at the same time savory while still being honeysuckle and edelflower. Ok maybe that's a bit esoteric but on the palate the wine has a generous richness that while not sweet is more appealing for many food pairings than a screechingly dry version. The 5% botrytis affected grapes adds a depth of flavor without any direct sweetness but more like a catalyst for the rest of the wine to come together. This is dynamite wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
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If you missed these phenomenal wines last year here is your chance to grab some of the highest quality (and coolest) wines coming from NZ. Tongue in Groove is a fairly new project from a group of old wine industry friends. The people involved have all had illustrious careers with other properties but are now pooling their collective knowledge and experience to craft these beautiful wines in exotic packages! The first key partner here is highly regarded viticulturalist Nick Gill. The single vineyard sites chosen for the TIG wines are farmed without the use of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Clayvin vineyard is certified BioGro organic. The vines are meticulously tended and fruit is grown and handpicked with a huge amount of care and attention. Next up, the winemaker behind the label is ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynette Hudson. Lynette has just about as much experience as anyone crafting Waipara Pinot Noir and Riesling. Lynette’s winemaking style is quite non-interventionist utilizing wild yeasts for ferments, long gentle on skin macerations, natural Spring malo and no fining. For Riesling the juice is rested on the solids for several days before being fermented clear A small amount of botrytis affected fruit is deliberately included to add a wonderful exotic note to the zesty, fresh flavor profile. Next comes Carolyn Reid who is responsible in large part for the striking label designs and over all aesthetics of TIG… whilst I don’t often advocate buying a wine just because it has a cool label…the label lovers amongst you are gonna love these! Finally we have the very important personality of Angela “the tongue” Clifford…Angela is the social media, marketing whiz that wraps up the whole package and adds an extra layer of polish. She effuses the true spirit of this wonderful region living on an organic, holistic farm, foraging for food and represents an integral pillar of the Waipara food and wine community. These are seriously great wines, grown, made and presented by seriously awesome people, check them out.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5