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At four-years-old, this is still youthful and poised. The beautifully lifted bouquet shows lemon/lime, nectarine, flint and a hint of toasty notes. It's mouth-wateringly delicious on the palate displaying outstanding concentration, backed by whispering sweetness and racy acidity. At its best: now to 2022.
“I greatly enjoyed your ’09 Craighall Riesling – it’s exactly the sort of weighty, dry but harmonious style that NZ needs more of. If ever the public are to be persuaded to drink Riesling in this country, I think we need more wines in that mould – weighty and dry, and showing some of the benefits of bottle age.” email to Ata Rangi, May 2012.
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is tightly bound and penetrating with aromas of lime fruit infused with secondary toast and wet-stone minerals and steel. Dry to taste and tightly concentrated, this is elegant in proportion for its intensity and depth. Flavours of limes, toast, minerals and a suggestion of nuts form a dense core, the flavours flowing smoothly on a fine-featured and refined, textural palate line. The palate combines a suggestion of lusciousness with mouthwatering acidity and the flavours are carried to a very long, lingering, lacy finish with nuances of citrus fruit, toast and honey. This is a tight and concentrated, mouthwatering dry Riesling of refinement, beginning to show some toasty complexities. Serve as an aperitif or match with shellfish over the next 4-5 years.
Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, very pale on rim. The bouquet is very refined and elegantly proportioned with tightly bound and intense aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with white florals, mineral detail and subtle, complex secondary toast notes. Dry to taste, the palate is very finely concentrated with flavours of citrus fruits, white florals, minerals and toast, along with complexing oxidative nuances. The fruit possesses a delicate succulence which is balanced by a very fine thread of drying phenolics, and enlivened by excellent lacy acidity providing real poise and tension. An elegant line carries the flavours to a very long and sustained, dry finish showing toast, mineral and fine nutty traces. This is a beautifully refined, tightly bound, elegant, dry Riesling with subtle toast and minerally complexities. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years.
Ata Rangi's 2009 Riesling sports a crisp, clean, lifted nose of lovely peachy fruit, elderflower and lime leaf. The palate is zesty on the entry with notes of orange zest, apricot, lime cordial and lemon zest that segue to a lively, citrus-driven finish and tangy tangerine on the aftertaste. This is a multi-faceted Martinborough Riesling. Drink now-2013.
One of the country's finest dry Rieslings to date, the 2009 vintage (5*), released in 2013, proves how the variety can flourish with bottle age. From vines 24 years old at harvest, cropped ultra-lightly (3 tonnes/ha) and made in a truly dry style (4 grams/litre residual sugar) , it has a scented, toasty bouquet. On the palate, it is finely poised, with intense citrusy, limey, slightly spicy flavours, showing lovely depth, delicacy, vigour and harmony. It should flourish for a decade.
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