2018 Riesling “D” SV5182
We love Riesling as a variety for its purity, elegance and age ability and believe that our old vines (mostly planted in late 70s) combined with the growing conditions here in Marlborough are capable of making world class Riesling. 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 flavour.
This wine has gorgeous lifted aromas of jasmine, fresh lemon, and ripe Kaffir lime follow through on to the palate. Flavours 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 flavour.
95 Points – Bob Campbell MW -2017 Vintage
This is the best Te Whare Ra ‘D’ Riesling that I can recall tasting. It has true ‘old vine’ concentration with citrus blossom and subtle oyster shell flavours. Tantalisingly accessible now but with the potential to develop well in bottle.
94 Points – Nick Stock for jamessuckling.com – 2017 Vintage
Very attractive lime and lemon-pith aromas here. Scintillatingly pure and fragrant and very subtly flinty, too. The palate has a long and chiseled core of limes with neat and seamless, pitch-perfect acidity giving length and drive.
94 Points – Cameron Douglas MS – 2017 Vintage
Immediately engaging bouquet of Riesling with intense, precise and pure fruit aromas of citrus showing lime and lemon, some orange peel then apple and white blossom. Equally pure and precise on the palate, dry and with flavours that mirror the nose. Crisp and tense with plenty of acidity, developing complexity and core of fruit. Long finish, a great aperitif wine for Summer. Lovely drinking now, but will continue to age and offer great drinking from today and through 2025+. By the way the ‘D’ refers to this wine as a dry style.