Riverby Noble Riesling 2012
Gold Medal NZIWS 2012
A few select rows in a Riesling block with a proven record for producing award winning botrytised wines were kept intact long after the harvest had been completed in the rest of the vineyard. The grapes were eventually selectively hand-picked in early June 2012 at 29 brix. The carefully selected fruit was moved to the winery, where it was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours. It was then given a slow, gentle pressing to extract the rich, pure juice. After being cold settled it was fermented in stainless steel very slowly at cool temperatures to retain fruit intensity. Fermentation was eventually stopped when the ideal balance was reached between sweetness and alcohol. The wine was eventually bottled on 17 April 2013.
Because of what turned out to be near perfect growing conditions in 2012 the grapes were not has extensively botrytised as some previous vintages and the resulting wine not as sweet as some of its predecessors. This has resulted in a wine with beautiful varietal characters, great charm and elegance.
It has a lovely pale gold colour and on the nose it is particularly appealing with a myriad of clearly defined aromas; notably exquisite garden florals, ripe stone-fruits, citrus, honey and spice. Everything is impressively restrained and totally in balance.
On the palate it is rich, spicy and mouth-coating. There are clear hints of ripe peaches and nectarines, smooth honey traces and an almost nutty character which is very appealing. The acid balance and restrained sweetness have all contributed towards a lovely wine with great elegance and refinement.
The way the clearly defined varietal characters linger cleanly and seductively in the mouth gives the impression that this wine will continue to develop and age gracefully for many years to come.
Alcohol: 9.00% Acidity: 7.6 PH: 3.21 Residual Sugar: 128 g/l
"Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is tight and intense with a refined amalgam of talc botrytis entwined with notes of citrus fruits and honey, all expressed with elegance. Very sweet to taste, this is elegant and finely presented with intensity and cut. The honey and botrytis talc flavours are prominent with the pure citrus fruit line in support. The mouthfeel is refreshingly luscious and has excellent acid poise and cut, the textures soft and fine. This grows in richness and decadence, and the flavours lead to a softly textured, lingering finish with an array of talc, honey and musky blossom elements. This is an elegant Riesling dessert wine with freshness and fine botrytis that builds in richness. Match with fruit-based and baked desserts over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked botrytised fruit from selected rows fermented to 9.0% alc. and 128 g/L rs, TA 7.6 g/L and pH 3.21. (375 ml) 18.5/20 ***** Jun 2013 RRP $35.00"
Raymond Chan June 2013
- "It's powerful and unctuous while remaining beautifully poised and balanced with a fabulous refreshing finish. The bouquet shows gorgeous aromas honey, dried apricot, marmalade and floral, which lead to a sumptuous palate filled with sweet delicious flavours. Every year this label delivers stunning richness and flavours. At its best: now to 2020. $35.00. 95/100 ***** "
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Aug 2012
Riverby Noble Riesling 2011
Gold Medal NZIWS 2012
A few select rows in a Riesling block with a proven record for producing award winning botrytised wines were kept intact long after the harvest had been completed in the rest of the vineyard. The grapes were eventually selectively hand-picked on 26 May 2011 at 42 brix. The carefully selected fruit was moved to the winery, where it was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours. It was then given a slow, gentle pressing to extract the rich, pure juice. After being cold settled it was fermented in stainless steel very slowly at cool temperatures to retain fruit intensity. Fermentation was eventually stopped when the ideal balance was reached between sweetness and alcohol. The wine was eventually bottled on 7 October 2011.
It is a deep, rich, bright gold in colour and has spell-binding aromatics. The luscious, rich, enticing nose displays dried fruits, apricots and peaches, on a backdrop of honey and a little spice. It has almost a marmalade consistency, with some very ripe citrus characters. The prevailing impression is of rich, almost candied, dried fruits.
On the palate it is succulent and mouth coating with an extraordinary sweetness and richness. Very ripe stone fruit characters dominate, especially apricots and peaches, with hints of passionfruit and citrus. Honey is readily apparent and also a lovely almost almondy character that adds a real texture to the palate. It has bright, beautifully appealing, well balanced acidity, a lusciously creamy sweetness and an incredibly lingering, crisp, clean finish. Already drinking beautifully, this wine promises to develop even more complexity and charm given careful cellaring.
Alcohol: 10.3% Acidity: 9.8 PH: 3.36 Residual Sugar: 219 g/l
"Golden and brassy and wow what an incredible wine! Delicious rose-toffee, caramelised peach, marmalade, and tangy, tantalising, ultra-sexy flavours – can't fault it, more please. *****"
Yvonne Lorkin June 2012
"Deep golden with a slight orange tint. Very strong botrytis influence with honey, caramel and musk flavours masking any varietal character. A product of botrytis rather than Riesling. Impressive concentration. 89/100."
Bob Campbell, July, 2012
"Copper-coloured, oozing ripe tropical fruit salad, peach and honey with hints of toffee, nuts and citrus intensely sweet but with a lively, lingering finish. Good Value. ****"
Charmain Smith, Otago Daily Times, July 2012
"This beauty was made from late-picked, fully botrytised fruit. Golden, it is very sweet (219 grams/litre of residual sugar) and honeyed, with concentrated, apricot-like flavours, woven with fresh acidity, and lovely richness."
Michael Cooper, August 2012
- "A stunning sweet wine showing opulent aromas of tropical fruit, honey and marmalade. The palate is concentrated and impressively sweet (219 g/l) with bright acidity providing lovely balance and length. Super rich but refreshing too. At its best: now to 2016. 95/100 ***** "
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Aug 2012
Riverby Noble Riesling 2009
Gold Medal & Trophy Easter Wineshow 2011.
Gold Medal Spegilau International Wineshow 2011
A few select rows in a Riesling block with a proven record for producing award winning botrytised wines were kept intact long after the harvest had been completed in the rest of the vineyard. The grapes were eventually selectively hand-picked on 19 May 2009 at 32 brix. The carefully selected fruit was moved to the winery, where it was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours. It was then given a slow, gentle pressing to extract the rich, pure juice. After being cold settled it was fermented in stainless steel very slowly at cool temperatures to retain fruit intensity. Fermentation was eventually stopped when the ideal balance was reached between sweetness and alcohol. The wine was eventually bottled on 23 October 2009.
This wine is a deep, rich, lemon to pale gold in colour. It has spell-binding aromatics featuring an array of intensely ripe stonefruit characters; predominantly exquisitely ripe apricot, peach and nectarine, on a classically orange zesty, citrus backdrop. There is an almost vanillin, honeyed aroma adding even further complexity and allure.
On the palate it is luscious and mouth coating with an extraordinary richness and yet an ethereal sensual quality.
Flavours of apricot, passionfruit, baked apple and caramel add even greater complexity and depth to the already prominent stonefruit, honey and citrus notes. It has bright, beautifully appealing, well balanced acidity, a lusciously creamy sweetness and an almost endless, lingering, crisp, clean finish. This is a wine with immense appeal and charm that promises to become even more attractive with careful cellaring.
Alcohol: 9% Acidity: 8.6 PH: 2.9 Residual Sugar: 186 g/l
"Rich and opulent on the nose displaying honey, mandarin and beeswax characters. The palate is unctuously sweet and generously flavoured with silky texture and well harmonised acidity. It finishes crisp and long. A lovely sweet wine with plenty of appeal. At its best: now to 2013. 91/100"
Wine Orbit 2009
" – displaying plenty of lemon, lime and honeysuckle. It smells crisp and tangy yet honeyed. Sweet, citrusy with a well-defined acid spine. It has a generous whack of sweet citrus flavour front of palate, while some lovely orange blossom aromatics add a touch of the exotic. The end taste is luscious.... citrusy and drying. This wine is beautifully balanced; it has vibrant, concentrated flavours, a silky texture and an overall lusciousness that will only improve in the coming years."
Marl Express Dec 2009
"Quite intense wine with a fine backbone of assertive acidity. Moderately sweet with lemon honey and floral flavours. Restrained lusciousness."
Bob Campbell, February, 2010
"This luscious wine leads off with a seductive nose of fresh mango and tropical fruit salad. The palate is gorgeously fresh, smooth and silky with flavours of fresh mango, papaya with underlying passionfruit. There is a lovely thread of fine, fresh, ripe green apple giving a fantastic delicate backbone and perfect acid-sugar balance. It is a very clean, concentrated and focused wine which is just gorgeous. All our tasters went gaga, the bottle emptied in quick time! The price also makes it extremely good buying. A sweet wine of this quality at $25 is a rare find."
Kiwi Wine Fan Club, February, 2010
"The 2009 Noble Riesling gives pronounced aromas of lime cordial, lemon marmalade, acacia honey and warm pineapples. Very crisp, sweet, rich and silken in the mouth, the finish is very long and citrus-sweet. It's great to drink now and should cellar to 2015+. 90/100"
Wine Advocate, Oct 2010
Riverby Noble Riesling 2008
Gold Medal, Easter WS. Silver Medal, Air NZ Wine Awards.
Champion Australasian Sweet Wine – Winestate.
A few select rows in one of the prized riesling blocks within our vineyard were kept intact long after we had completed the rest of our grape harvest. This block has a proven history of producing superb botrytised wines. When finally picked on 7 May at 33 brix the remaining grapes had extensive botrytis coverage.
The fruit was destemmed then soaked for 24 hours, to extract the dried botrytis characters, before being given a slow gentle press. Juice was cold settled before being fermented in stainless steel very slowly at cool temperatures to retain fruit intensity. The fermentation was stopped when the ideal sugar, alcohol balance was achieved.
Light gold in colour, the delightful aromatics are immediately apparent in this hedonistic wine. Dried apricots, honey, orange zest and rich ripe peaches abound on the fragrant nose. On the palate it has lovely body and weight with a marmalade complexity, ripe grapefruit, mixed peel and mazipan along with the ever-present dried apricots and honey. The impressive acidity ensures the captivating sweetness is perfectly balanced. The spicy finish is long and lingering with cinnamon and nutmeg adding to the myriad of flavours in this charming wine.
Alcohol: 9% Acidity: 8.6 PH: 2.9 Residual Sugar: 186 g/l
"Light gold, with a richly scented, honeyed bouquet and intense, late harvest fruit flavours. Very pure, rich, sweet and luscious. *****"
Michael Cooper, Winestate, March 2009
" This distinctive and beautiful botrytised Riesling is a bright, light yellow gold in colour. The aroma is of beeswax, honey, apricot and orange zest and in the luscious palate there's bright acidity that makes the wine seem so fresh. The citrussy flavours - marmalade and lime in particular - pierce through the honeyed richness. Then the lingering aftertaste is all orange toffee praline. This wine, which has a screwcap closure and just 10% alcohol by volume, is quite simply stunningly delicious."
Wineoftheweek.com, February 2009
"Pale gold in colour. The nose is opulent displaying honey, marmalade and dried fruit characters. It's deliciously sweet on the palate (165 g/l) with nicely balanced acidity and a lengthy finish. The wine is very well framed with refreshing mouthfeel and beautifully flowing texture. Very well priced for a gorgeous sweet wine. At its best: now to 2012. ****"
Wine Orbit 2009
"Bright light gold. Bouquet is marvellous, clear-cut total botrytis on an equally clear riesling base, showing
voluminous white and yellow flowers, nectar, beeswax, golden peaches. Palate follows harmoniously with clear emphasis on the riesling terpenes adding zing to the flavour, rich honeyed sweetness yet good acid balance, all extended on very long flavours in which all these components maintain their balance and relative lightness. I wonder if there is trace oak in this [No!]. If so it is beautifully subtle. Going back to it, it is a delight how the botrytis can be recognised, as well as the grape, yet the wine is totally integrated, fresh and light. Magic.
Wines such as this can be deceptively long-lived in cellar – Larry McKenna's 1987 Muller-Thurgau Late-Harvest
for Martinborough Vineyards is still fantastic. It is hard to foretell with new world sweet wines, though, so perhaps 2 – 10 years. GK 04/09 19/20 ***** "
www.geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz April 2009
"Golden colour. Very pure fruity citrus and peach nose with some lifted spicy notes. The palate is viscous, citrussy and fresh, with real concentration. Thick-textured apricot, pear and lemon fruit dominates, with some nice balancing acidity. It's still very youthful, but this is quite a serious wine that I think will age well. 93/100 "
Jamie Goode 2010