Auburn 2012 Central Otago Rieslings


Max Marriott is besotted by Riesling grown in Central Otago. With two business partners, and Max living in the region, he began crafting limited quantities (approx. 70 dozen each) of individual, single-site, terroir and sub-regional distinctive Rieslings from the 2009 vintage. From the start, Max's fanatical detail in vineyard work and vinification of small parcels has resulted in a remarkable series of wines that have quickly gained cult status among a growing band of Riesling and fine New Zealand wine aficionados. Following the use of the Packspur winery, then using the facilities at the Central Otago Wine Co., Auburn Wines is now based at Rockburn, though sourcing fruit from different districts. Max's philosophy is "hands-off”, allowing the wines to attain a "natural balance”. Having worked in the Mosel, it is not surprising that Max produces wines that bear more than a passing resemblance to the wines of that region. However, for Max, it is about expressing Central Otago. In the 2011 release, I rated the ‘Bendigo' Riesling 5-stars and 20.0/20 points (click here to see my reviews of the 2011 wines). The 2012 wines are reviewed here, and Auburn continues the Central Otago and ‘light-associated' names for the sweeter wines. Again the Auburn wines have shown brilliantly. These are wines to seek out. To be released in November, I recommend you put your name down to obtain them. www.auburnwines.com


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