Cliffhanger Mosel Riesling 2015 $24 (4 stars)

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

Now why would you make it easy on yourself by planting your vineyard on nice, even, flat land, when you can pop your plants on rough, rocky cliffs overlooking the banks of the Mosel River.  But it’s these extremes creating the eruption of green apple intensity, honeysuckle, lime and lipsmacking, tropical acidity.  This German riesling … Read More

Mon Cheval Waipara Valley Riesling 2014 $25 4 stars

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

Whoever said owning racehorses was a great way to lose money, clearly weren’t fortunate enough to own ‘Under Cover Lover’, the champion racehorse who made her owners enough cash to start their dream of developing their dream of creating a tiny vineyard in Waipara’s Weka Pass.  Tiny amounts of riesling are grown and this vintage, … Read More

Dunstan Road Central Otago Riesling 2015 $25 4 stars

November 5, 2016By Yvonne

If your tastebuds were in need of a serious wakeup call, then this super-dry-to-the-point-of-being-skeletal riesling, could be just the ticket. Crushed seashells, green apple and lime layers all unfold, followed by a taste that I can only describe as like licking a wet stone that’s been soaked in lime. Which is a lovely thing to … Read More

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014 $18 ★★★½ Aromas of green apple, carrot cake spices and musky, honeysuckle and apricot kernel characters all merge together on the palate and crash into a wave of sweetness. There’s a soft, grainy texture to the finish of this tangy example that’ll definitely appeal to those who prefer a more … Read More

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling

May 3, 2016By Yvonne

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014 $18 ★★★½ Aromas of green apple, carrot cake spices and musky, honeysuckle and apricot kernel characters all merge together on the palate and crash into a wave of sweetness. There’s a soft, grainy texture to the finish of this tangy example that’ll definitely appeal to those who prefer a more … Read More

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015

March 22, 2016By Yvonne

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015 $21 ★★★½ “Iti” indicates something ‘small’ in Maori, and the Kaimira team have used the word to reflect the positively petite alcohol level of just 10% in this wine.  Exhuberant, punchy and packed with lemon, lime, mandarin and crunchy apple characters – there’s nothing ‘iti’ about the flavours … Read More

Palliser Martinborough Riesling 2015

March 21, 2016By Yvonne

Palliser Martinborough Riesling 2015 $22 ★★★★½ Allan Johnson has been the Chief Winemaker at Palliser since 1991 and since then he’s helped load over 80 gold medals into their trophy cabinet.  And luckily for us, riesling is one of the things he does best.  The word here is purity.  It’s all about pristine, clean, white … Read More

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Riesling 2014

February 1, 2016By Yvonne

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Riesling 2014 $30 ★★★★ Arriving in a slimline, classic germanic blue-green bottle, this ultra-pure, intense lime and crabapple-scented riesling has a steely dry, lip smacking texture and a finely-tuned, length finish.  Just the faintest seam of honeysuckle adds complexity and juiciness.  Great drinking now but give it another 2-3 years … Read More