Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ Marlborough Riesling 2011

Riesling from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 25-Jul-2016
Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with green hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is fine in proportion and tightly bound with fruit aromas of limes and lemonade harmoniously melded with subtle layers of toast and minerals and a suggestion of kerosene secondary development, unfolding honey and exotic floral elements. Sweet to taste and light bodied, the palate is rich and succulently sweet with focussed flavours of limes and lemonade entwined with complexing honey, toast and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is near creamy and unctuous and balanced by piquant, refreshingly racy acidity and the wine follows a fine phenolic threaded line with poise and tension. The flavours carry to a long, lingering finish of lime, honey and toast with the beginnings of drying textures. This is an elegantly rich sweet Germanic Spatlese styled Riesling with complexing secondary development and a near unctuous palate with balancing acid poise. Serve as an aperitif or as a wine to contemplate over the next 4-5+ years. Clean fruit with no botrytis from the ‘Johnson Estate D Block’, from the original plantings, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in oak to 8.6% alc., and 72 g/L RS, TA 9.8 g/L and pH 2.78, the wine aged 4 months on light lees. 19.0-/20 Jul 2016 RRP $32.00

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