Bladen Marlborough Riesling
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This exceptional Riesling from Bladen Wines in Marlborough has a delightful straw yellow colour with green tinges and a bright clarity. The nose is expressive as you would expect with aromas of lemon, lime and Granny Smith apples, hints of ginger and nutmeg too. The palate has medium body with layers of the various citrus fruits found on the nose with zesty, spicy overtones. Although this is delicious to drink now, the patient among you will be rewarded with a more complex and fuller wine after a few years cellaring. Best served chilled either as an aperitif or with seafood dishes and summer salads.
Country: New Zealand
Subregion: Wairau Valley
Grape Variety: Riesling
Bottle Size: 75cl
Style: Fresh and zesty
Drink With: As an aperitif or with seafood
2016 conditions were very dry in the early part of the season, with average temperatures, clear skies and a high risk of frost. Warm conditions during the flowering in mid-December resulted in good yields. Some necessary rain in earl and mid-January allowed for healthy, vigorous growth. February was hot and dry, followed by a warm March; the perfect weather for intense flavour development. All in all this has resulted in a classic New Zealand Riesling with plenty of potential for the future.