This Riesling is fantastic, it has a really lovely light finish, but it still has some body. Flavours of lemon, lime and passionfruit are balanced by a gentle minerality. It’s delectable. I’ve been drinking a lot of Australian Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valley (which is usually bone dry although the Monsters Attack was not) and I have to say this kiwi example definitely has a much gentler touch. Being 2011 I expected more acidity, but no, it was just delicious.
I appreciated their ‘sweetness scale’ on the bottle – I think people are afraid of the unknown, and this communicates in clear terms exactly what to expect. Sometimes I want a sweeter style, sometimes I don’t, and this scale this tells me exactly what I need to know and when to drink it. I also like it that this wine is from a single vineyard estate, it’s not bulk wine, it’s made with care by people who appreciate the ground that it came from, and hand picked. Craggy Range has a focus on ‘terroir’ you can read about the vineyard from which it came here.
Something worth nothing is that Sam Smith MW is their founding Shareholder & Director of Wine and Vitivulture, and the ‘MW’ means he is a Master of Wine – Masters of Wine are incredible wine geniuses, you should be impressed when you see anyone with MW after their name. He certainly knows his stuff and I certainly like this wine. I guess I better do a shout out to their chief winemaker, Rod Easthorpe too, it was hard to get a sense of what he’s really like from the website but the wine is good so he must be pretty good too. Cheers!
Around $25 from Glengarry Jervois Road, Ponsonby