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 (2019 Vintage)
"On release the colour is pale lemon. A concentrated core of citrus delights the nose, underscored with green apple, tamarind, potpourri, honeysuckle, and a hint of wet stone minerality. The palate is rich and symphonic, with layers of texture and flavour contrasted by sassy acidity and a hint of spritzig that give the wine a lively and energetic flow. Subtle sweetness completes the package, augmenting its mouthfeel and setting up for a long-lasting and harmonious finish."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2022 (2019 Vintage)
"Aromatic, ripe, fresh and enticing. A myriad of aromas and flavours from pacific rose apple to lemon and barley sugar, honey suckle and white peach to mineral. There’s a short burst of botrytis intensity that layers in complexity and power. Off-dry as the wine touches the palate with contrasting acidity and fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet. Delicious, fresh, balanced, well made and ready to drink from today and through 2029."
5 Stars & 18.5-/20 (92) Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, March 2022 (2019 Vintage)
"Bright, pale yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. Light effervescent clinging to the side of the glass. The wine has a complex bouquet, softly filling the glass leading with mandarin and peels, along with lime, stonefruit, beeswax, ginger and honey. Medium-full bodied, off-dry to taste, aromas of nectarine, lime taken over by mandarin and zest, ginger warming the back palate, unfolding beeswax and honey. There is a hint of kerosene lingering with white spice added interest. Seamless, salivating acidity entwined with citrus peels, balancing sweetness lend a dry, sustained finish. This is a juicy, well-balanced Riesling with a citrus core and complex flavour range. Match with salt & pepper calamari and German bratwurst over the next 5 years. Fermented to 12% alc."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"It's instantly appealing on the nose showing candied apple, citrus peel, potpourri and subtle honey notes, followed by an elegantly opulent palate offering excellent fruit richness with subtle sweetness and refreshing acidity. Deliciously appealing. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2026."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Drinking well now, the lush 2018 vintage of this good-value Waipara wine is a distinctly medium style (25 grams/litre of residual sugar). Bright, light yellow/green, with a fragrant, slightly honeyed bouquet, it has strong personality, with concentrated, peachy, gently honeyed flavours. (From Pegasus Bay.)"