Having the luck to try the young version of this Main Divide Riesling recently with a customers input it was fascinating. My customer loved the youthful freshness of the 2013 and I loved the more savoury and textural outlook of this 2011. They both shared beautiful aromatics and a lovely interplay between clean acid and a hint of residual sugar. I like the depth of character in this wine. Spicy pork would be a good match, it could even have a bit of heat. I’d drink it from now.
A beautiful collection of wines from Canterbury just outside of Christchurch. The wines all show lovely balance and texture and really highlight what New Zealand is capable of – Even the Sauvignon Blanc is good. Quite simply: Pegasus Bay is one of the best wineries on the South Island of New Zealand. And their entry level ‘Main Divide label’ label? Wow!
40 mins north of Christchurch is a region that Bob Campbell describes as “one of the unsung heroes” of NZs wine industry. Great for ripe and silky Pinot Noir and aromatic and textural Riesling.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.