Valli Waitaki Riesling 2022

$39.90 inc. GST

93/100 – Stephen Wong MW
92/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Pale white-gold. Subdued nose of apple and herb. Sweet palate with lighter body, very high saline/mineral acidity and light-weight apple flavours on a grainy palate with balancing phenolics. Citrus and apple flavours carry through on the finish where it turns towards earthy, mineral flavours like Alsatian rieslings do, except that this is really quite light and medium-sweet. Austere, saline and with bracingly high acidity, a wine for riesling purists and those happy to wait several years before opening their bottles. Drink 2026 to 2036.” – Stephen Wong MW

“The 2022 Waitaki Vineyard Riesling is soft and talc-y in the mouth, with tight cheesecloth and brine, stewed Granny Smith apples and cloudy apple juice through the finish. This has a quenching aspect to it—a satisfying, full sort of experience in the mouth. Just like having a large glass of cold, cloudy apple juice—a little salty, textural … good. I thought the residual sugar was five or so grams; however, I am told it is higher—15 to 18 grams per liter. I got it wrong because the acid is so high. It has lovely balance.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasting Note: “An intensely aromatic nose of lime zest, citrus, wild flowers and white pepper with more subtle aromas of tangerine and lemongrass. The palate is beautifully balanced and pure with flavours of zesty lemon, lime, sage, and sea-salt with a wonderful energy that sings of limestone soils. This off-dry Riesling is delicious on its own or as an aperitif; it will also pair wonderfully with fresh fish, seafood, summer salads and light-medium spiced Indian or Thai cuisine. Remarkably drinkable at release, this fresh and fragrant wine will continue to develop and delight for 15+/- years.” – Jen Parr

Winemaking Notes: Harvested 6th May 2022, fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks. 17.0g/l residual sugar. 5,000 bottles total production.

Alcohol: 10.0%

Variety: Riesling

Region: Waitaki Valley, North Otago, New Zealand

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