Wing and Prayer North Canterbury Riesling 2017


Barry Lumsden and his family have a 10 ha property in Swannanoa, 35 km north-west of Christchurch with 1.2 ha of Riesling and a little Pinot Noir planted in 1996, the Riesling from cuttings from the ‘Corbett’ block which originally supplied Corbans. After a period of supplying contract fruit they launched their own label ‘Wing & Prayer’ with an experimental wine from 2014, and then commercially from 2015. In March this year, I reviewed the 2015 and 2016 vintages of Riesling made by Haydon Good at The Crater Rim winery in Omihi (click here to see my reviews). Here, I review the 2017, named ‘pleasure and pain’ in reference to the difficult vintage. This wine is a departure from the earlier two years being made with dry botrytised grapes ( noble rot) and at a higher residual sugar level of just under 50 g/L RS. There will be no 2018 as the fruit was not up to standard. For availability, contact Barry Lumsden on email: [email protected]


  • Wing & Prayer ‘pleasure and pain’ North Canterbury Riesling 2017

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