2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "D" Marlborough New Zealand (Elsewhere $25)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Riesling ‘D’ presents a relatively subdued nose of lemon juice, lime zest and green guava dotted with hints of fresh herbs and peach blossoms. Dry, light-bodied and endowed with a racy backbone of acidity, it offers good citrus flavor intensity in the mouth with a long finish. Drink it now to 2018+.
Vividly floral, with upfront peach and apple blossom notes giving way to crisp flavors of lime, green apple and grapefruit, featuring good intensity on the finish. (Web Only- 2-13)
TWR's Riesling "D" is made in a substantially endowed dry style, showcasing the winery's old vine fruit which is sourced from thier 30+ year old vineyard. All fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted before being gently pressed and fermented at cool temperatures to retain the wine's floral aromatics. From the winery: "Lifted aromas of jasmine, fresh lemon, kaffir lime leaf and mardarin follow on to the palate. These flavors of fresh lime juice, lemon sorbet and ripe grapefruit with hints of floral spice are balanced by a fine backbone of ripe acidity. This Riesling is a dry style which has excellent fruit weight and concentration to balance the lingering mineral acid structure. This wine is finely structured with great length of flavor."