Mt. Beautiful

Raymond Chan Reviews Mt. Beautiful Riesling

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By Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, June 2016

Necoiants New Zealand Fine Wine Tour 2016

"One of the highlights on the vinous calendar is the annual Negociants New Zealand Fine Wine Tour. Primarily targetting the hospitality and wine trade, Negociants have in recent years opened the tasting to the public. The tour features the New Zealand and Australian wineries from the portfolio, and the proprietors and winemakers pour and discuss their wines. This year, there were 20 New Zealand exhibitors, and 6 Australians on show, and thus well over 100 wines to taste. The exhibitors feature some very high profile names, as well as some lesser known, but the quality of the wines offered is extremely high. In addition to having the wines to taste, the tour runs masterclasses which focus on selected varieties or styles. It’s a very valuable event to attend. This year, the tour was held in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. 

2015 Mt Beautiful Riesling, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Riesling has probably been the variety with the most potential for Mt Beautiful, and this 2015 is arguably the best yet, fulfilling the promise. Bright, pale straw-yellow with slight lemon hues. This has lovely lime, sherbet and honeysuckle aromas, along with beautiful (no pun intended) exotic florals, the backbone being fresh citrus fruits. Off-dry to taste, the palate is crisp, zesty and tight, pure and clean with linearity and purpose. There’s a fine balance between the refine phenolic libe and acidity, the fruit still tightly bound. This is focussed and intense. It will develop well."

21.99 /  bottle    |      263.88 /  case 

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