West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2008

Riesling from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Mar-2012
James Rowan, winemaker says "THAT vintage…it all came crashing down around our ears. But we'd harvested well over 50% of the Wiffen blocks before the first rain event. Because the Riesling crop is well-managed and crop-thinned, we got it in before too much had gone awry.” Not the strongest wine, but very good considering. Slightly higher in residual sugar. 11.9% alc., 11 g/L rs, pH 2.82, TA 7.8 g/L. Bright straw-yellow colour with golden hues, pale on edge. This has a moderately deep, full and open nose, carrying breadth with a degree of elegance. Some intense aromas of toast and kero intermingle with fresh notes of mint, herbs and lime zest. Complex secondary elements and an oxidative hint are juxtaposed to steely minerals. Off-dry to taste, there are open and accessibly succulent flavours of lime, honey and toast that show with roundness and smoothness in the mouth. Bright, crisp acidity is present and the wine is lively on the long finish. Moderately intense, this is soft and open with some secondary development appearing, but the structure retains elegance and freshness. Drink over the next 3-4 years. 17.5+/20

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