West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2011

Riesling from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Mar-2012
James Rowan, winemaker says "This has to be the wine I most wanted to make! Great fruit: lime and lemon/mineral with mandarin and great balance.” Total leaf removal in the ‘North' block, with no sunburn issues, producing ripe phenolics, and totally clean with no botrytis. The ‘Omaka' block producing ‘fleshy' character. 11.6% alc., 14 g/L rs, pH 2.75, TA 9.4 g/L. Brilliant, very pale-straw colour with slight green hues on edge. This is very soft and gentle on nose showing finesse and aromatic beauty, with lemon, lime, honeysuckle and minerals. Off-dry to taste, this is very soft and fine-textured, with beautifully delicacy. The palate has a very fine-textured line, quite concentrated, with flavours of fresh limes, lemons, white florals and honeysuckle, The acidity is soft, but provides great poise, building and coming to the fore on the finish. The lingering finish is crisp, dry and nuanced. This is a very fine, tight and crisp Riesling with delicacy of citrus and floral notes. It will keep and develop complexities over 7-9 years. Real potential. 19.0+/20

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