Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 1997

Riesling from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 16-Mar-2014
A similar vintage to 2005, short and hot, with some rain, producing ‘tough’ wines, seen as a lesser year. Bright, light golden yellow colour. The bouquet is somewhat shy and restrained, with delicate lime fruit, toast and kerosene nuances. Some cork taint is noticeable, scalping the fruit, and surprisingly imbuing the aromatics with a degree of class and finesse! Dry to taste, this is elegant, finely proportioned and has some classiness to the mouthfeel. The fruit is still in the youthful side, with limes, florals and toast. The cork taint mustiness is prevalent too, and the wine follows a firm, bright acid line, fading on the finish. Looking past the cork taint, I am generous with a score of 17.0-/20. On a good day, could this be a 5-star wine? Mar 2014 RRP $N/A

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