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2021 SV Riesling “M”


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Our passion for making and drinking Riesling is based partly on the wide variety of styles that this variety is capable of producing. That array of styles is a double edged sword for some, but we feel that by labeling our Rieslings true to type we can encourage the Riesling revolution. We are enamored by the general characteristics of all great Riesling wines: purity, elegance and age-ability, and feel that the growing conditions here in Marlborough allow Riesling to produce at its best – it really is an unsung hero variety for this part of the world. The high sunshine hours mean that we are able to achieve ripe, fruit concentration and the cooler night time temperatures mean that we retain the natural acidity that is the hallmark of this noble variety.

We had always been inspired by the great wines of the Mosel and when tasting the fruit from this block at Te Whare Ra, we thought that the flavour profile and acid balance, lent itself well to this medium-dry style of Riesling. We love the knife edge of tension in this style of wine – the perfect balance between the initial sweetness of the fruit and the lingering, chalky acidity.

Tasting Notes

This Riesling ‘M’ is designed from the “vineyard-in” in a medium-dry style and is dangerously drinkable. Lifted aromas of mandarin, pink grapefruit, and white peach follow onto vibrant, ripe flavours of the same with juicy lime with underlying slatey mineral notes. This wine is fine and soft with excellent fruit weight and concentration to counterbalance the mouth-watering acidity.

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2021 SV Riesling “M”

Metro Magazine Top 50 Wines – Top Ten
Another great showing at our tasting for Marlborough’s Te Whare Ra (who, in the opinion of this writer, should have got their gewürztraminer into the running as well, but you can’t argue with democracy… well, not much). This M (for medium) Riesling shows its characteristic sweetness on the palate but the acidity is so bright and vibrant the wine just soars on the palate. So juicy and so drinkable — a Riesling in the German tradition: clean, pure, beautiful.

Sam Kim – 97 Points 5 Stars
Fabulously elegant and sunny-sweet with white flesh nectarine, orange peel, lemon/lime zest and delicate floral notes on the nose, followed by a succulent palate offering fleshy texture and subtle sweetness backed by bright acidity. This is dazzling, delicious and lingering with subliminal saline notes, making it immensely appealing. 

Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points
Aromas of apple and lime-flower, lime and white flowers, there’s a fine lees and mineral quality adding depth and complexity. Off-dry as the wine touches the palate with an immediately contrasting acid line then flavours of citrus and flowers, mineral and apple. Totally delicious, fresh and long. Perfect aperitif example and excellent with fresh seafood. best drinking from 2022 through 2032+.

Bob Campbell MW  – 95 points
Medium Riesling showing the benefit of relatively old vines with impressive concentration and deliciously juicy acidity. The wine achieves a mouth-watering sweet-and-sour tension. Lime, oyster-shell and white wildflower characters. 25 JAN 2022
Drink 2022–2031


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