2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) SV5182 Riesling "M" Marlborough (Medium)

SKU #1274002 95-96 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft with delicate and beautifully fresh core of white florals and lime fruit melded with subtle notes of honey, unfolding exotic mandarin and jasmine notes along with hints of minerals. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate features elegantly rich and succulently sweet flavours of limes and mandarins entwined with white and jasmine florals and a gentle layering of honey. The fruit and sweetness is underlined by very fine, smooth-flowing textures, and the mouthfeel enlivened by lacy acidity. This combines succulence and delicacy. The wine carries with excellent linearity to a long, finely concentrated finish of citrus fruit, florals and honey. This is an elegant, succulently rich medium Riesling with citrus and exotic floral flavours and honey notes on a smooth linear and long palate. Serve as an aperitif, or with Thai. Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked and sorted fruit from the 'Home' block, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 9.5% alc. and 30 g/L RS, TA 9.0 g/L and pH 2.9. Certified BioGro organic. 233 cases made.

94 points James Suckling

 This is a superb wine that has a succulent draw on the palate and superbly ripe fruit. It offers the perfect sweetness balance and is really a benchmark for the style. Smells of white peaches and white nectarines with some alluring floral perfumes. The palate's focussed on guava and limes and it's so soft and fleshy. A white that really sings all the way till its super-elegant, pure and resolved finish. Drink now.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
The "M" stands for "medium sweet" but the wine comes across much drier than it is due to its acidity. Peaches, citrous, white flower. Very enticing, and a perfection with spicy food.

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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.