Urlar 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and SP Noble Riesling, and 2016 The Mediator Pinot Noir


I’ve reported on the changes at Urlar in Gladstone in the Wairarapa brought about by the arrival of Carol Bunn taking over the winemaking role from Guy McMaster for the 2016 vintage. The wines have become more fruit focussed, this stylistic change deemed especially beneficial for the market. I certainly thought the new approach yielded very positive results. At the same time, owner Angus Thomson has furthered the journey towards a fuller employment of biodynamic regimes, and no doubt this will add to what he has achieved in his BioGro organic certification. A few months ago, Carol resigned her position to give her the ability to divide her attention between working in the Wairarapa and family interests in Central Otago. Carol handed over the winemaking reins to Jannine Rickards, who is well-regarded for her previous winemaking roles at Julicher, Pegasus Bay and Ata Rangi, in time for the 2018 vintage. I trust that the changes in style instituted by Carol will be continued and further developed by Jannine. Urlar has now released the new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Noble Riesling, which is now under the ‘Select Parcels’ tier, these from a challenging harvest, as well as a new secondary label for a 2016 Pinot Noir called ‘The Mediator’. I review these three wines here. www.urlar.co.nz


  • Urlar Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • The Mediator by Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016
  • Urlar ‘Select Parcels’ Gladstone Noble Riesling 2017

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