25/01/2015 – Mission Estate, Riesling 2013

Mission Estate, Riesling 2013, New Zealand
There’s a lot more to New Zealand wine than Sauvignon Blanc, and indeed, a lot of Riesling is produced. Much of it comes from the South Island in regions like Marlborough and Central Otago, but this is from Hawkes Bay on the North Island, normally thought of as home of big red wines. It is an off-dry Riesling, much in the style of a German halbrtocken perhaps, but beautifully refined with a hugely aromatic nose, filled with floral, beeswax, apple and citrus aromas, before a wonderfully fresh and vibrant palate, the long, crisp finish showing lemon fruit and gently waxy acidity. 89/100. It costs 10.99 from various independent merchants.