WINE TASTINGS

NZ RIES­LING / NZ PINOT GRIS / NZ GEWÜRZ­TRAMINER

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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

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