Tongue in Groove Waipara Valley Riesling 2012

Riesling from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 17-Feb-2015
Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour with some golden hues. The bouquet is full and rich with vibrant and lively aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, limes and yellow florals, along with layers of honeysuckle and some secondary toasty interest. Medium-dry to taste, a tight and firm, solid core forms the heart and line on the palate. Flavours of exotic florals, stonefruits, honey and toast unfold. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively from the fresh, lacy acidity and a little spritz. This has real drive, the firm and concentrated line carrying through to a long, lingering, dry finish of honey and toast. This is a rich and concentrated wine that will develop over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from ‘The Mound’ vineyard with 5% botrytis infection, given 2-3 hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.5% alc., 12 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L and pH 3.2, the wine aged on lees 4-5 months. 18.5/20 Feb 2015 RRP $38.99 Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on rim. The nose is softly voluminous with aromas of ripe citrus fruits, apricots, exotic yellow florals, honey and nuances of talc botrytis, all harmoniously interwoven. Medium-dry to taste, bright and lusciously lively flavours of citrus fruits, honey and ripe stonefruits are complexed by a delicate layering of talc botrytis and flinty lees work. The mouthfeel juxtaposes lively, vibrant fruit with a little tingle along with dry, fine textures, and shows excellent drive and line. This is rounded with plenty of presence, and the flavours are carried to a long, lush and lively finish. This is a bold and lusciously fruited medium-dry Riesling with complex and exotic flavours. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from ‘The Mound’ vineyard with 5% botrytis infection, given 2-3 hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.5% alc., 12 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L and pH 3.2, the wine aged on lees 4-5 months. 18.5/20 Apr 2014 RRP $28.00

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