Dry River Craighall Riesling 2016-Wineseeker
$55.20

Dry River Craighall Riesling 2016

Youthful and crisp delicately floral and citrusy Riesling from a Martinborough Icon.

Dry River is an icon of everything that makes Martinborough wines special - small plantings of hand tended plants on free draining soils and exceptional quality management. Dry River wines are generally only available to customers on their private mail list, for which there is a waiting list to join.

Region
  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Wairarapa
Style
  • White Wine
Varietal
  • Riesling

Shipping Options / Costs

Free shipping for orders over $150, otherwise

Shipping Option Per Box  Cost
Pick up in store All Free
Ship to: Local Wellington Region (*) Up to 12 bottles $2.50
Ship to: Rest of New Zealand Up to 12 bottles $6.00
Ship to: Rural Deliveries Up to 12 bottles Add + $4.50
Ship to: Waiheke Island Up to 12 bottles Add + $12.00
(*) Local Wellington includes Wellington City, Hutt City and Porirua City. 

Riesling is the the most delicate of the varieties that we harvest so it was fortunate that it could be taken in before the weather changed. This is a light straw coloured wine with ripe aromas which include crushed Kaffir lime leaves, fresh fig and soft spices. On the palate it appears firm and big in extract – almost weighty for a dry Riesling. The flavours are fresh rather than crisp and have a clean, lingering aftertaste. They form an interesting mixture including limes, citrus zest and nutmeg and the wine is likely to take some time to unfold. For me this is the variety which does particularly well with white fleshed fish, chicken and Japanese cuisine.

Raymond Chan 18+/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale green hues on edge, this has a softly fresh and full nose of concentrated, pure lime juices, white stonefruits and acacia florals, with richness and density. Dry to taste, the palate has elevated acidity providing raciness and zesty lime and apple-like flavours on a well-weighted palate with body, presence and concentration. The wine has very fine, smooth textures enlivened by the acidity which carries through to a sustained finish showing pure citrus fruit nuances. This should age well. Fruit from vines averaging 20 y.o. from the ‘Craighall' vineyard fermented to 11.8% alc. with 5 g/L rs. Match this racy, but substantial dry Riesling with seafood, especially shellfish over the next 6-8+ years. 18.0+/20 Aug 2011

Wine Maker Notes

Riesling is the the most delicate of the varieties that we harvest so it was fortunate that it could be taken in before the weather changed. This is a light straw coloured wine with ripe aromas which include crushed Kaffir lime leaves, fresh fig and soft spices. On the palate it appears firm and big in extract – almost weighty for a dry Riesling. The flavours are fresh rather than crisp and have a clean, lingering aftertaste. They form an interesting mixture including limes, citrus zest and nutmeg and the wine is likely to take some time to unfold. For me this is the variety which does particularly well with white fleshed fish, chicken and Japanese cuisine.

Reviews

Raymond Chan 18+/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale green hues on edge, this has a softly fresh and full nose of concentrated, pure lime juices, white stonefruits and acacia florals, with richness and density. Dry to taste, the palate has elevated acidity providing raciness and zesty lime and apple-like flavours on a well-weighted palate with body, presence and concentration. The wine has very fine, smooth textures enlivened by the acidity which carries through to a sustained finish showing pure citrus fruit nuances. This should age well. Fruit from vines averaging 20 y.o. from the ‘Craighall' vineyard fermented to 11.8% alc. with 5 g/L rs. Match this racy, but substantial dry Riesling with seafood, especially shellfish over the next 6-8+ years. 18.0+/20 Aug 2011