Today we have three glorious Rieslings for you. Included in this case are two bottles of the Bronze Medal Glenmark Waipara Dry Riesling 2007, two bottles of Weka River Waipara Riesling 2006, and two bottles of the Award Winning Kaimira Estate Brightwater Riesling 2007!
The Bronze medal (Bragato Awards) Glenmark Waipara Dry Riesling 2007 is off-dry, with ripe lime citrus flavours contrasted with fresh granny smith apple and hints of mineral characters, leaving a well balanced wine with crisp acidity and a clean, fresh finish. Cellaring for up to 6 more years will reap rewards. The grapes are from the Glenmark Vineyards located in Waipara, North Canterbury.
Regarding the Weka River Waipara Riesling 2006, back in '07 Peter Saunders said; "Firmly bodied and aromatic Riesling unfolding in no apparent rush. Sensible 12.5% alcohol, lots of fruit still to emerge, a good looking opening number for this new winery on the western side of Waipara. Serious enough as a style for bottle age to bring many gains." He was right on the money! This wine shows lots of lovely lime juice lusciousness, held in check by a fine backbone of racy acidity. Subtle floral notes on the nose... think Jasmine on a warm summer's evening. Would work wonderfully with Vietnamese and southern Asian food, fresh fish, or chilled on its own after a busy afternoon's work.
The Kaimira Estate Brightwater Riesling 2007's fruity characters have given way to the interest and intrigue of bottle development. Lots of toasty notes are present on the nose, but still some gentle lime and blossom in the background. The palate is dry and the acidity has mellowed to give something quite seamless, with the toastiness giving savoury characters that would make this an excellent partner for food (think chicken or pork dishes). Wine Writer Bob Campbell gave it 83 points and said "Rich and creamy Riesling with more weight than many other dry examples. Mineral, lime/citrus and apple flavours dominate."
Enjoy these three wines in all of their glory!
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