A firm favourite of ours and quite possibly the greater population due to its inherently lovable nature. A definite inclusion on our list of 'comfort wines', Main Divide Riesling is so easy to enjoy.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Warm and settled weather during flowering led to an optimal fruit set. A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn then enabled the grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development, concentration and physiological ripeness.
On release it is pale gold, with an enticing bouquet of stone fruit, green apple, blossom and potpourri. In the mouth there is satisfying weight and concentration, balanced with refreshing acidity and minerality that creates a lively tension to complement the wine’s off dry finish. "
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Fabulously fruited and gorgeously fragrant, the wine shows golden peach, candied apple, honey, orange peel and subtle spice notes on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that's richly textured and persistent. It's opulent and flavoursome with loads of tasty flavours. Style: Medium. At its best: now to 2023."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, December 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"Distinctive aromatics, varietal, fruity and intense. With flavours of lemon and spice, apple and flowers, honeysuckle and apricot this wine has much to say. A coarse silk texture, refreshing and lively acidity, flavours that reflect the nose and a lengthy, tasty and light toasty finish. With nearly four years bottle age so far this wine demonstrates how well Riesling can age and that complexity and flavour development are an important part of the the life-cycle of this variety. Drink now and through 2022."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Enjoyable now, the 2016 vintage of this good-value Waipara wine is a distinctly medium style. Bright, light yellow/green, it has generous, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, a hint of honey, fresh acidity, and excellent immediacy and harmony. (From Pegasus Bay.)"
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below…
93/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Potent perfume of honey-lemon tea, barley sugar water, ripe limes, frangipani, ginger and lemongrass. Very evocative and enticing bouquet. Creamy, lush texture with faint kerosene notes, honeycomb, ripe apples and brown limes. Long in flavour, generous, still very fresh but with that development settling in nicely. Oh yeah."
92/100 Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com (2015 Vintage)
"Trademark depth and complexity, plenty of lime marmalade and ripe stone fruit aromas and flavours. A smooth, dense and long palate."
91/100 Bob Campbell MW, October 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Ripe, late-harvested Riesling in Main Divide's trademark rich, ripe and weighty style, with a touch of spritzig from adding extra freshness. Honey, citrus, grapefruit, apricot and a suggestion of floral character."