2018 Riesling Classique, A Metz, Alsace, France
2019 'Juliet' Riesling, Two Rivers, Marlborough, New Zealand
Medium dry in style, Juliet Riesling is thirst quenching with a delicious mouthfeel that nicely coats the mouth without being cloying. The palate is delicate and pure with a slight quinine tonic type texture, releasing pithy citrus flavours of lemon curd and Cox’s Orange.
Established in 2004, Two Rivers of Marlborough takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed the wine growing heart of Marlborough's renowned Wairau and Awatere Valleys. It was in the Awatere valley, overlooking the braided river, that Two Rivers founder and winemaker, David Clouston, spent his childhood. He now lives in the Wairau Valley, where he has made his home and his mark on the wine industry.
Two Rivers of Marlborough's mission is to select the finest parcels of fruit from the banks of both the Wairau and Awatere rivers and to craft wines that express the different microclimates peculiar to these two rivers. The aim is to capture and emphasise the intense power of flavour for which Marlborough is famous while adding complexity and elegance to our wines through traditional winemaking techniques. It is this complexity and elegance with a slight European flair that has seen Two Rivers of Marlborough produce award-winning wines of great standing and concentration.
2018 Riesling Grand Cru Florimont, Signature de Colmar, Alsace, France
2017 Riesling Clos Hauserer, Zind Humbrecht, Alsace, France
Pale yellow in colour. The nose shows the classic characteristics of this vineyard: smoky, mineral, stony aromatics, slight reduction (influence of the rich marl), but eventually opens up with aeration on honey, citrus, waxy flavour. The palate shows extraordinary purity and a serene mouthfeel. Long lasting potential
The Clos Häuserer is located on the bottom of the Grand Cru Hengst in Wintzenheim. This little vineyard (1,2ha) shares the same geology as the Grand Cru, a red marl/sandstone oligocen limestone. Surrounded by hills, the Clos enjoys lots of heat in summer, but can also collect the cold in winter or spring. It is the vineyard we worried the most for in case of spring frost. This explain why we always prune this vineyard very late (early April in 2017) in order to delay budbreak and wait as late as possible to attach the canes, keeping the young growing shoots as high as possible above the ground, far from the frost. This was enough to avoid any frost damage. All young vines at ground level were frozen, bud the buds, higher up, didn’t freeze. We were then able to harvest beautiful and healthy grapes in 2017. The fermentation was very slow due to the high acidity and concentration of the vintage.
2006 Riesling Spetlese, Berncasteler Doctor, Dr. H. Thanisch
This is a wonderfully concentrated, rich and exotic wine. Now developing quite a deep golden colour, which looks so inviting, with tropical aromas just adding to the allure. The palate has considerable richness, a lovely sweetness, balanced by a vibrant seam of acidity, giving the wine a freshness and vibrancy. Delicious as an aperitif, but sweet enough to accompany desserts that themselves aren't overly sweet.