Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Riesling 2012

Riesling from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Oct-2017
Brilliant colour, very pale straw, with some depth. The bouquet is very elegant and very concentrated with fruit density, showing complex secondary notes to the lime fruit, with some kero notes to the toastiness. Very much rounded in presentation and complete. Dry to taste, the palate is firmly concentrated with fruit extract textures, the acidity softening. Lovely harmony of lime fruit and secondary development, excellent linearity and length. Fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, some vines over 30 y.o., hand-picked and WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 2.9. 70 cases made. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $38.00 This is a no-compromise dry Riesling that for me gives a nod to the great dry Australian Rieslings of the Eden Valley. It’s a classic style in a world sense, but can be a shock to the system for Kiwi Riesling drinkers used to higher sugar and lower acidity. The other aspect of this wine is that it has been given bottle-age, and has developed complexity. Still very pale colour, the nose is strikingly intense and concentrated with firmly bound lime and toasty notes and a little kero. Very dry, quite mouthwatering, and very concentrated, the depth of flavour is noteworthy. There is fruit richness and extract, but finesse and tautness. It will live for a long time. 19.0-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $38.00 Brilliant straw-yellow colour with a pale edge. The bouquet is very elegant in proportion with a tightly bound core and intense, penetrating aromas of lime fruit entwined with a complex amalgam of honey, toast and kero, along with steely minerals. This has developed savoury secondary nuances adding a delicate layer to the aromatics. Dy to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fine in concentration and presentation, showing lime fruit layered by complexing notes of honey and toast, along with savoury minerals and nuances of kero. The palate is taut and sleek, with brisk, racy acidity providing energy, tension and linearity. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and the wine leads to a dry, very long and sustained, thirst-quenching finish of limes, toast and minerals. This is a tight, firm and intensely penetrating dry Riesling with complex lime and honey flavours with secondary toast and mineral notes, and excellent linearity. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5+ years. Riesling fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, some vines over 30 y.o., hand-picked and WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 2.9. 70 cases made. 19.0-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $38.00

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