2015 Mt Beautiful Riesling North Canterbury

SKU #1392214 94 points Sam Kim

 It is fabulously aromatic on the nose showing nectarine, rockmelon, lime zest and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent concentration and fruit purity, together with subtle spice complexity, enhanced by whispering sweetness and fine texture. The wine finishes superbly long, silky and juicy, backed by bright acidity. Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2022.  (4/2016)

92 points Bob Campbell

 Moderately intense and quite floral Riesling with mandarin, orange blossom, Gala apple and subtle spicy flavours. An attractive wine wine in an off-dry to medium-dry style with vibrant, tangy acidity.  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This ripe and fleshy version shows terrific precision, with honeysuckle overtones to the peach, lemon and melon flavors. Roasted herb and mineral accents linger on the finish. (MW)  (5/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling gives white blossom notes of honeysuckle and jasmine over a core of lime juice and green apples. Light-bodied and off-dry, it offers mouth-filling citrus flavors and tons of freshness, finishing with a lively lemony lift. (LPB)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

When our customers think about the acclaimed varietal wines coming out of Australia and New Zealand, Riesling may not be the first one that comes to mind. Luckily for us, a surge in popularity and ideal growing conditions means these two countries are putting forth some truly phenomenal examples of the grape, ranging from bone dry to sticky sweet. Eden Valley and Victoria in Australia are dominating the Riesling game, aided by cool growing sites and higher mountain elevations. Marlborough, Central Otago and North Canterbury are all strong Riesling regions in New Zealand, with each bringing a unique microclimate and terroir to the varietal. It is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with Rieslings from these two trailblazing countries, as there are more styles and beautiful examples being produced now than ever.


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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
Lauded by many critics as one of the most underrated growing sites in New Zealand, North Canterbury is catching up and bottling up some absolutely beautiful wines. Riesling is the first varietal that Mt. Beautiful grew and released to the public, so not only have they had years to perfect it, but it holds a special place in their heart. A little weightier and denser than the others on the list; orchard and tropical fruits shine and make for a great on-its-own sipper.

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.