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Auntsfield SV Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2016

24 May,2018

Auntsfield has a reputation as being one of the top wine producers in the Southern Valleys sub-region of Marlborough. The Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines produced by the Cowley family on the site of Marlborough pioneer David Herd’s original winery and vineyard are strong, fulsome and packed with flavour. The Cowleys have extended the plantings from the flat land into the north-facing hills, and that is where some of Marlborough’s most exciting wines are coming from.

It isn’t really well-known that the Cowleys have a small 0.2 ha block on the flat land planted to Riesling. The vines went into the ground in 2000, and since then the Cowleys have made a small amount of Riesling wine for a family friend. In 2016, the conditions were favourable for the appearance of botrytis cinerea, so it was decided to make an Auntsfield Late Harvest Riesling. I have the privilege of sharing my thoughts with my readers on this wine, as yet unreleased, and with the pricing still to be fixed.


Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2016

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright golden-yellow colour with strong depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and densely packed with concentrated but rounded aromas of ripe tropical fruits, wild honey and nectar, citrus marmalade, caramelised fruits, and a layering of musky botrytis. This is fulsome and opulent. Very sweet to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has rich and decadent flavours of tropical and citrus fruits, apricots and marmalade with wild honey and nectar integrated with musky elements, unfolding nuances of caramel. The palate has depth and presence, and is unctuous in texture, the sweetness and richness providing a full and rounded mouthfeel. There is a piquant edge of acidity that lends underlying freshness and tension, and the wine carries with plenty of drive and power to a long and sustained finish of honey and caramel. This is a very rich, luscious and unctuous botrtytised sweet Riesling with rope tropical fruit, honey and marmalade, musk and caramel notes. Serve with baked desserts, crème caramel and crème brulee over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Auntsfield’ vineyard with 80% botrytis infection, fermented in stainless-steel to 10.0% alc. and 195 g/L RS. (375 ml) 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $TBA 

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