Black Stilt Waitaki Valley Riesling 2014 $25 (3.5 stars)

Waitaki sits on the border of North Otago and South Canterbury, and it’s one of the most remote and raw parts of the country.  It has a kind of other-worldly feel to it, and the quality of the wines that come from the lime-laden soils of Richie McCaw country have power, purity and personality to burn.  At a demure 11% alc, Black Stilt’s riesling boasts natural sweetness and layers of crunchy green apple, strudel spices alongside a light lick of lime on the finish.  Proceeds from sales assist regenerating the upper river reaches, that provide the habitat of the Black Stilt, the worlds rarest wading bird.



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