NZ RIESLING / NZ PINOT GRIS / NZ GEWÜRZTRAMINER
NZ riesling, pinot gris and gewürztraminer
RIESLING USUALLY dominates the highlight reel of a Cuisine aromatics tasting. This year the variety was noticeably less dominant, mostly because of the challenging nature of the 2017 vintage. “It wasn’t the strongest showing we’ve had from riesling,” said panel chair John Belsham. “Too many of the younger wines were heavy-handed and lacked balance.” Simon Nunns expressed a preference for the drier styles from the 2017 vintage: “Phenolic management was clearly critical in 2017 and many of the medium wines were more grippy, with tougher textures. The dry wines I generally liked a lot more.” Once again, riesling’s ability to age was on display at this tasting. Four different vintages featured in our top five – two of them from the excellent 2014. The oldest among them, a 2011, is a wonderful advertisement for the benefits that come with cellaring quality riesling.
Archangel Wines, Central Otago