Kalex Bendigo Terrace Dry Riesling 2014 $32

Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, mineral-driven mouthfeel that lingers long and will send your saliva glands into overload. The citrus intensity is one thing, but the honeysuckle and hints of biscuit really add to the complexity of this wine in the mouth. It’s a clean, […]

Tesch Krone Riesling 2013 $39

If riesling with a kiss of green apple, lime and ripe peachiness sounds like a bit of you, then wait until you sip this dry little dazzler.  Tesch’s Krone vineyard in the town of Laubenheim, lies directly next to the Löhrer Berg on an eyewateringly steep slope consisting of coarse, decalcified loess and weathered sandstone […]

Two Rivers ‘Juliet’ Marlborough Riesling 2015 $19.99

Righto. Hands up who wants a riesling positively erupting with mandarin, apple and lime! Hands up who wants riesling that rocks a splash of sweetness but has crisp, clean, zing-a-ling acidity and a long, racy mouthfeel! Hands up…wait, you’ve got no more hands. Just as well you’ve got tastebuds to enjoy the waves of honeysuckle […]

Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $24

Karl Heinz Johner makes wine in opposite hemispheres, with family estates in Baden, (in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region) AND in Martinborough’s Gladstone sub-region.  Riesling is a hero grape for him and he loves the crunchy green acidity, pear notes, baked apple, lime zest and honey characters that Martinborough grapes give so much, he’s decided to spend […]

Greenhough Apple Valley Nelson Riesling 2016 $20

Every year I marvel at the amount of intense granny smith and jazz-apple crispness and concentrated, spritzy, lime-laden sweetness that they manage to cram into this wine. Sourced from a tiny, north-facing vineyard on Apple Valley Road (cutest road name ever) overlooking the Moutere estuary, it’s terrifically tangy, taut and ultra-refreshing.  It hits that perfect […]

Amisfield Lowburn Terrace Central Otago Riesling 2014 $25 ★★★★★

This is an absolute cracker of a riesling.  I’m loving the super-clean, super-citrusy, lime, lemon curd and Pacific Queen apple characters.  At a positively demure 8.5% alcohol, it certainly wont send you sideways and  there’s a hefty splash of mandarin and nectarine-like sweetness in the mid-palate to keep you buoyant.  Winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert is […]

Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling 2014 $39 ★★★★★

Ancient glacial stones and mineral-rich gravels pervade the soils that this riesling grows upon, and during warm, moist days those berries succumb to botrytis infection with renders the juice golden and honeyed.  Expect glorious honeyed citrus and toffee-coated stonefruit alongside tangy, lip-puckering acidity and a deeply complex, flavourful finish.  Outstanding.  Sweet and succulently indulgent. www.pegasusbay.com

Kalex Single Vineyard Pisa Terrace Riesling 2014 $32 ★★★★

This snappy-dry wine has a lovely, briny, oyster shell aroma that merges with beeswax, pure white peach and baked apple characters.  The acidity is bracing, slicing, and really accentuates the intense citrus and honeysuckle flavours.  The texture on the finish is powdery and lingers long after that first sip. www.kalexwines.com

The Winemakers Wife Waipara Riesling 2015 $22 ★★★★½

Created by the McGeorge brothers, this scored a gold medal at the recent Canterbury Wine Awards where all the top wines are awarded according to how well they pair with food – so this is a cracker.  Definitely on the juicy, tropical end of the spectrum, with a seam of lipsmacking lime running through the […]

Brightwater Nelson Riesling 2015 $20 ★★★½

This is a bony, bareknuckle riesling that ping pings around the palate like an apple and mandarin flavoured comet.   Fresh, plucky and has a deliciously dry texture on the finish.  Drink with sweet and sour pork.  www.brightwaterwine.co.nz

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