2014 Fromm Winery Riesling Spätlese Marlborough (Medium)

SKU #1252083 96 points Bob Campbell

 Absolutely delicious wine Riesling with wonderful purity and an exquisite sweet/sour tension. Citrus/floral and chalky mineral flavours. This is one of the country’s lowest alcohol wines (7%) but it has been made with a total focus on quality, the alcohol is incidental.

95 points Sam Kim

 As you would expect, this consistently awesome label once again delivers huge amount of pleasure with this latest offering. Fabulous aromas of lemon curd, apple blossom, nectarine and touch of flint on the nose. The palate is equally appealing, and exhibits linear mouthfeel, fine texture and elegant sweetness, perfectly balanced by racy acidity. The wine shows wonderful balance and tension, finishing beautifully long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2024.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Spatlese Riesling has a subtle lemon / lime and orange blossom laced nose with coriander seed and jasmine hints. Light-bodied and medium-sweet in the mouth, it explodes with tightly-wound tension and primary flavors with a gorgeous minerality coming through on the long finish. (LPB)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Mango and melon flavors are fleshy and ripe, with notes of herb and honey on the juicy finish. (Web-2016) (MW)

K&L Notes

This is a Riesling that really hits all the flavor receptors on the palate; sweet, sour, fruity, saline and mineral. A wonderfully exotic and perfectly ripe wine that is packed with flavor but remains focused, zesty and linear. Low alcohol (7%) with a lovely dash of residual sugar that is perfectly harmonized with the wines racy acidity. This is flat-out delicious! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
A cult wine in NZ. Wonderfully pure citrus flavors, spiced ginger, jasmine and preserved lemon. Knife edge precision balancing sweetness with a focused beam of mineral-infused acidity. Infinitely quaffable…thankfully it’s only 7% alcohol. One of my favorite Rieslings from anywhere in the world.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2036

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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 (%): 7