Riesling relies on a steely backbone of acidity for its
structure but this needs to be balanced by fruitweight and
sometimes residual sugar. Gewurztraminer, on the other hand,
is more about richness andoily texture, which needs a fresh
acidity for balance. As always it's the balance of flavours
andstructure that are important in a good wine.
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Riverby Sali's Block Marlborough Riesling 2011
Three and a half stars (out of five)
An off-dry wine with hints of apple, lime and lemon and a
suggestion of honey and mineral, initially sweet and
mouth-filling but with a steely dry finish.
Mahi Marlborough Twin Valleys Gewürztraminer 2010
Perfumed with roses and lychees, the lush, silky fruit is
toned down by hints of spice and toasty caramel, and the
finish is long, lively and crisp.
Flying Sheep Hawkes Bay Gewürztraminer 2010
Perfumed with spicy roses and a hint of complexity, this
oozes lychees and rich fruit with a savoury, nutty undertone.
A powerful, textural wine with a long finish.
Kurow Village Waitaki Penny Gold 2011
Below average value
A blend of gewürztraminer and pinot gris, this is weighty in
the mouth with a hint of golden syrup, nuts and toffee and an
Pasquale Waitaki Valley Gewürztraminer 2011
A young wine that takes a while to reveal is charms - aromas
hinting of rose petals with rich, mouth-filling fruit
suggesting caramelised peaches. There's a balanced, lingering
aftertaste with a nuance of buttered toast. A harmonious wine
that will reward bottle age.
Domain Road Central Otago The Water Race Dry Riesling
Three and a half stars
A tight young wine at present, hinting of lime and citrus
with a steely, schisty shaft of acidityon the dry finish.
However, it is mouth-filling with a hint of toast and lime
marmalade thataugurs will for its development - give it a
couple of years to develop its full potential.
Riverby Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011
A steely dry young wine with a hint of mineral and crisp lime
and citrus, and finishing witha steely shaft of acidity. A
wine that's certain to startle you out of any lethargy with
its tart dryness.