2016 Mt Beautiful Riesling N Canterbury
This delicately eloquent white from the sunny Waipara Valley exudes aromas of jalapeño-drenched lime with a touch of salinity. It’s a crisp, distinguished expression with tightrope acidity and notes of apricot, beeswax, and honeyed white flower petals.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 points
The North Canterbury region, 70 miles north of Christchurch, excels at a range of cool climate varietals, and Riesling is one of them. This one has 13 grams of residual sugar, which is enough to detect, but mainly contributes a slippery texture and balances the acidity. On the nose, there are notes of lemon, lime, white pepper, lavender and other wildflower blossoms. The palate finishes on a tasty honeysuckle note. A delicate and varietally expressive drop from an underrated region that should be drunk now or within the next few years.
Wine Spectator 90 points
Offers a zingy mix of green apple, lime sherbet, lemongrass and pear flavors. Lip-smacking on the finish, fresh and vibrant.
New Zealand, North Canterbury
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