2013 Valli "Waitaki" Riesling North Otago (Medium / Spatlese)
This could be the most Germanic style of Riesling that I have yet tasted. It’s more Rheinhessen than Mosel or Rhengau with a tantalising mix of mineral, green apple, lime, and rose petal flavours that show a level of physiological ripeness more aligned to Germany than New Zealand. Tangy acidity balances a suggestion of sweetness to give the wine a pleasing tension.
Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. This has a very delicate and subtle nose with nuances of white florals and minerals intermingling, revealing fine citrus fruit and honeysuckle elements in the glass. Medium-sweet to taste and light-bodied, beautifully refined and restrained flavours of white flowers, wet-stone minerals, limes and honeysuckle are enlivened by fine, lacy and racy acidity, providing a sleek and slippery mouthfeel. The palate features great vitality and tension, the acidity and the sweetness combining to carry the flavours with very fine phenolic support to a very long, lingering, drier finish. This is a very refined and delicately poised medium Riesling with mineral and floral nuances. Serve as an aperitif and with fine Asian cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. Riesling fruit from close-planted vines planted 2007 in the Waitaki Valley, fermented to 10.0% alc. and 35 g/L RS, TA 10.5 g/L and pH 3.02.
This is immediately appealing on the nose displaying stone fruit, lemon/lime, floral and flinty characters. The palate is equally charming with elegant sweetness which is perfectly countered by bright acidity. Beautifully integrated, the wine shows excellent fruit concentration and persistency.