Domain Road Vineyard, The Water Race Dry Riesling, Bannockburn, Central Otago 2015 95 MB 95 RG 94 RJ 96
£14.70 Lanchester, Tanners Domain Road produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Originally a 6.5ha estate, owners Graeme and Gillian Crosbie purchased another 10ha in 2011 and aim to convert all vineyards to organics. This Riesling is named after the water races which took place during the gold rush days in Central Otago.
MB Pure, elegant and sleek. Both concentrated fruit aromas and acidity sit harmoniously together, providing incredible appeal. Lovely minerality, precision, slightly sweet fruit and a lovely floral edge.
RG Pure lime citrus and apple abound in this Riesling. It is firm, dry and taut with some phenolic grip. Medium concentration and a rather assertive conclusion, despite its time in bottle.
RJ A beautiful nose, with delicate sweetness, is evolving beautifully. This is a class act. The fruit is pristine, the texture and length perfect. This is an awesome Riesling!
Drink 2018-2024 Alc 13%
Prophet’s Rock, Pinot Gris, Central Otago 2015 95 MB 95 RG 95 RJ 95
Exel This small winery was set up in 1999 and encompasses two vineyards in the Bendigo sub-region. Home Vineyard has altitude and a long diurnal range, while Rocky Point has free-draining schist soils. This Pinot Gris is sourced from both sites, the blend of two terroirs giving it a unique flavour profile. Head winemaker Paul Pujol has made wine all around the world, from Oregon to Chambolle-Musigny.
MB A beautifully aligned Pinot Gris. Seductive aromas of pear, stone fruit and crushed flowers. Unfolds with precision and poise; nuttiness adds an edge of roundness. Seductive, beautiful and harmonious.
RG The nose dances with lavender and honey. Offers balance and a sense of Old World savouriness, despite its sweet opulence. Sensitively made and poised. Honey and baked apple linger on the medium finish.
RJ Sweet fruited but balanced, with purity and minerality. Textured and layered, this is a balanced wine, which holds the alcohol well and has aged well. It delivers a perfect cross between Alsace and New World.
Drink 2018-2023 Alc 13%
Kumeu River, Pinot Gris, Kumeu 2016 95 MB 96 RG 93 RJ 96
£12.99-£13.99 DBM Wines, Tanners, The New Zealand Cellar, The Oxford Wine Company, The Wine Society Kumeu River’s 30ha estate is located in Kumeu, just north of Auckland. It is owned by the Brajkovich family, who emigrated from Croatia in 1937 and bought the property in 1944. Today the winery produces 250,000 bottles a year and is famous for its Chardonnays, as well as making Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
MB A poised expression of Pinot Gris, with just the right amount of everything – fruit, acid and depth, with personality and definition – a beautifully made wine at this price point.
RG A firm and powerful Pinot Gris with a taut palate, that’s reminiscent of almond and baked apple. Great tension present, which will take time to come around.
RJ This classic, textured Alsace Pinot Gris delivers freshness and fruit in a perfect harmony, with delicate honeysuckle and spice notes. Clean but layered palate. Great value but needs time.
Drink 2018-2022 Alc 14%
Te Kairanga, Riesling, Martinborough 2016 MB 95 RG 94 RJ 96
Bibendum, Exel Established in 1984 by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, this estate comprises a 105ha vineyard and a 130-year-old cottage. The size of the estate and its varied terroir allow a range of varieties to be planted – including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris – with a huge diversity of styles produced. The Riesling is planted on a site where low rainfall and deep gravel soils contribute to its unique character.
MB A pure and pristine example of Riesling. Highly appealing – what a pleasure to sample! Pristine fruit, crisp lemon, mineral and wet stone, plenty of personality and fine edges – simply beautiful!
RG Vivacious and lemony bright, with a taut, expressive finish. Pungent and full-throttled.
RJ Bright, clean and focused with lovely purity and freshness lingering. Delicate and fine fruit – and a lovely pure citrus finish.
Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13%