Weka River is a boutique vineyard located on the western side of the Waipara Valley. It was first planted in 1999 with Riesling, followed by Pinot Noir. Today we have some of their lovely aged 2006 Riesling, and it's drinking superbly, and will continue to age well for a few more years yet.
Back in 2007 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 limejuice 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 hot afternoon's work.
Riesling has long been regarded as the great secret of NZ wine. It is what this country's winemakers drink and it's delicious and great value. Furthermore, no less an authority than Stephen Spurrier - the english wine merchant and now journalist memorably portrayed by Alan Rickman in the film 'Bottle Shock' - has stated that "New Zealand producers are discovering the country's enormous potential for aromatic varieties such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer & Pinot Gris"
97 MacKenzies Rd
03 314 5940