Spy Valley Envoy Riesling 2011

The ‘Envoy’ wines of Spy Valley in Marlborough are the epitome of expression of single site and variety made with the least intervention. The interpretation of least intervention is no doubt varied, but winemaker Paul Bourgeois and his team want the wines to be as naturally expressive as possible. He allows the wines to find their natural balance and the process of minimal intervention can mean risk taking with indigenous yeasts and organisms playing their role, along with the timing of crucial decisions on winemaking necessities and activities. The ‘Envoy’ wines are also fermented in old wood for a softer, more natural and harmoniously complex expression. I’ve seen the ‘Envoy’ wines grow in diversity of expression and sophistication over the years, and I find they deserve much thought and consideration to be appreciated fully. Here, I review the ‘Envoy’ Riesling 2011. It was very tight and reserved initially, reports Paul Bourgeois, so it has been held back to allow development through some bottle age. www.spyvalley.co.nz


  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Riesling 2011

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