The few Martinborough Rieslings we have made have been from the fruit off younger vines, whose juice we have judged to be less phenolically ripe than what went into the Craighall Riesling. Recent retasting of these wines shows this distinction is questionable and I suspect the after cellaring the judgement with this wine will be no different.
This wine is a pale greenish straw colour with a voluminous, predominantly floral nose: apple blossom, roses and freesias, limes and a touch of talc. The palate is full, with a long aftertaste managing both richness and delicacy. The flavours follow the nose showing some of the characters of gravenstein apples, nashi pears, a touch of lime, even mandarin and talc but retaining the elegance and perfumed nuances of the nose. The wine should cellar well but will also drink well earlier than the Craighall equivalent.
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