25/06/06 – Clifford Bay (New Zealand) Marlborough Riesling 2004

Clifford Bay Estate (New Zealand) Marlborough Riesling 2004
On my trip to New Zealand earlier this year I really enjoyed the Rieslings that I tasted as a counterpoint to the steady stream of Sauvignons Blanc. That was especially true of the Rieslings from Central Otago and Marlborough, particularly the cooler sub-region of the Awatere Valley, the source of the fruit for this screwcapped wine. With around seven per cent Botrytis grapes going into the blend, the nose has a hint of marmalade and honey, but waxy lime aromas, a whiff of Paraffin and floral, lighter aromas dominate. On the palate it is quite weighty, with a touch of a waxy, pear and apple skin richness, loads of searing lime fruit and acidity, and just a hint of residual sugar that adds a little fat and texture before a long, tantalisingly just off-dry finish. Very nice drinking this, and delicious for summer. 9.95 Friarwood