There's nothing quite as gorgeous as a Riesling with a bit of bottle age and being able to pick up one of this nature at this kind of price, we really are spoilt. Lush stonefruits and ripe lemon citrus marry beautifully with subtle florals and hints of honey. This Riesling has developed more of a bees-waxey feel to the texture since we last tasted it, yet it is still bright and fresh with vibrant acidity and a fine mineral edge. Simply gorgeous.
Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"The fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard on the southern terrace of the Waipara River. The vines were low cropped and sustainably managed on limestone rich soils to create a wine that is completely expressive of its origin and vintage.
A medium style of Riesling that is balanced with fresh acidity and has a focused minerality on the palate. Expect white flowers, lemon and lime on the nose. Grown on the alluvial soils of Glasnevin, Waipara, this is a true reflection of a Waipara Riesling."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2022 (2014 Vintage)
"A gorgeously matured riesling, the fragrant bouquet shows dried apricot, lemon curd, orange peel and toasty notes, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate offering creamy texture and elegant sweetness. Beautifully framed by refreshing acidity, finishing long and delicious. Style: Medium. At its best: now to 2024."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2014 Vintage)
"Tasted in mid-2018, the 2012 to 2014 vintages, all from a single vineyard, showed impressive quality and value. The 2014 vintage is a medium style (30 grams/litre of residual sugar), with strong, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, building bottle-aged complexity."
Reviews for the 2013 vintage below…
19/20 Joelle Thomson, October 2020 (2013 Vintage)
"Haydon Good’s experience in making Riesling for Clemens Busch in the Mosel, Germany, has been invaluable. One of his key learnings was to make picking decisions for Riesling based on acidity then to balance the wine with residual sugar, depending on the season. This must be why he makes such stellar wines for Crater Rim. This is one of my favourite off-dry whites under $25 on the market today. It is seven years old and tastes as fresh as a daisy. Stunning value for money."