Until recently a peculiar piece of legislation prevented New Zealand from exporting their sweet wines to the EU. Fortunately, this has changed, and now we can get to know the exciting sweet wines of Kiwiland. Here’s one from Marlborough producer Riverby Estate, which hits the mark very nicely. It’s a botrytised Riesling.
Riverby Estate Noble Riesling 2008 Marlborough, New Zealand
9.6% alcohol, 165 g/litre residual sugar. Golden colour. Very pure fruity citrus and peach nose with some lifted spicy notes. The palate is viscous, citrussy and fresh, with real concentration. Thick-textured apricot, pear and lemon fruit dominates, with some nice balancing acidity. It’s still very youthful, but this is quite a serious wine that I think will age well. 93/100
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