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

Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2014

January 19, 2016By Yvonne

Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2014 $32 ★★★★½ How winemaker Dean Shaw manages to stuff the equivalent of an entire citrus orchard into a 750ml bottle is beyond me, but if you’re a fan of anything resembling a crunchy-crisp, lime and apple smash up, that also manages to be stylish and elegantly put together, then … Read More

Soho Betty Riesling 2015

January 11, 2016By Yvonne

Soho Betty Riesling 2015 $22 ★★★★½ There’s just 9.4% alcohol here, so expect a shwing of sweetness in this absolute cracker of a riesling that smells and tastes like crunchy green apple and lime sorbet.  Named after the elegant Betty Ford this is an elegant wine indeed.  With its intense, snappy acidity, sweet honeysuckle and … Read More

Loveblock Organic Riesling 2012

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

Loveblock Organic Riesling 2012 $25 ★★★★ Aroma-wise, this wine is leaning into that mealy, biscuit-like, kerosene character and yet when you sip, it is bright and banging with lime, mandarin and crunchy apple flavours.  It’s a wine that has two totally different sides and I like that – the length of flavour is impressive too. … Read More

Greystone Basket Star Riesling 2011

November 16, 2015By Yvonne

Greystone Basket Star Riesling 2011 375ml $38.90 ★★★★★ It hardly seems possible this multiple gold medal and 5-star winner could get better, but with each year that passes it just does.  Golden and gorgeous in the glass and oozing aromas of candied mandarins, fig, quince and blue-borage honey alongside baked citrus flavours and a full, … Read More

Greywacke Marlborough Riesling 2013

November 16, 2015By Yvonne

Greywacke Marlborough Riesling 2013 $28 ★★★★ Mandarin pith, zesty pear and green apple vibe, honeysuckle and complex juicyness and depth in the palate. Impressive spine and elongated texture and length. Lovely.

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2014

August 14, 2015By Yvonne

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2014 $25 ★★★★½ Crunchy green apple, mandarin and lime flavours leap out of the glass in this ultra-tangy riesling.  Vibrant, zesty acidity, a twang of lemon in the mid palate and a cleansing, chalky-dry texture on the finish will awaken even the most jaded of tastebuds.  Terrific stuff.  www.craggyrange.com

Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2011

January 18, 2013By Yvonne

Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2011 $32 ★★★★★ I’d happily roll up my sleeves and launch into fisticuffs with anyone who disputed that this wine was one of the most consistently successful sweet wines from our shores.  With international trophies and stacks of gold medals in the trophy cabinet, the Sweet Agnes is a star.  With … Read More