Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"This Riesling ‘M’ is designed from the “vineyard-in” in a medium-dry style and is dangerously drinkable. Lifted aromas of mandarin, pink grapefruit, and white peach follow onto vibrant, ripe flavours of the same with juicy lime with underlying slatey mineral notes. This wine is fine and soft with excellent fruit weight and concentration to counterbalance the mouth-watering acidity.
Our passion for making and drinking Riesling is based partly on the wide variety of styles that this variety is capable of producing. That array of styles is a double edged sword for some, but we feel that by labelling our Rieslings true to type we can encourage the Riesling revolution. We are enamoured by the general characteristics of all great Riesling wines: purity, elegance and age-ability and feel that the growing conditions here in Marlborough allow Riesling to produce at its best – it really is an unsung hero variety for this part of the world. The high sunshine hours mean that we are able to achieve ripe, fruit concentration and the cooler night time temperatures mean that we retain the natural acidity that is the hallmark of this noble variety.
We had always been inspired by the great wines of the Mosel and when tasting the fruit from this block at Te Whare Ra, we thought that the flavour profile and acid balance, lent itself well to this medium-dry style of Riesling. We love the knife edge of tension in this style of wine – the perfect balance between the initial sweetness of the fruit and the lingering, chalky acidity."
Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Really lovely bouquet of Riesling – perfumed with fruit and flowers, lime-flower, peach, apple and green tea. Tense, lively, crisp and fruity on the palate reflecting the flowers and fruit flavours from the nose. No mistaking the how the texture dances around the palate with acidity and residual sweetness. This medium-style Riesling is delicious, a great example for pairing with food or just on its own as an aperitif. Drink from today and through 2026+."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"This is gorgeously expressed on the nose showing Gala apple, apricot, lemon peel and floral aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that's bright and refreshing. The wine delivers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, wonderfully enhanced by subtle sweetness and perfectly pitched acidity, finishing long and delicious. Certified organic. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2031."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, December 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"The Te Whare Ra M Riesling 2019 is a concentrated, high-energy riesling with lime-citrus, apricot, feijoa and subtle floral flavours. A touch of sweetness is perfectly balanced by punchy acidity to give the wine some pleasing tension and help drive a lengthy finish. Medium-dry."