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Huia Dry Riesling 2010

Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand
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12.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The nose is aromatic, full of uplifting citrus and floral notes. On the palate the wine delivers a lovely depth of flavors, and is rich and dry with bright mandarin and honeysuckle. This Riesling shows good length and ends on a refreshing, vibrant mineral finish.

Huia Riesling is delicious with fresh oysters, scallops, sushi, whitebait fritters, Asian food, pasta with fresh tomato in a white wine sauce, and firm fruity cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Dry Riesling has a profound perfume of lime cordial, lemon curd and orange blossoms with nuances of honeysuckle and beeswax. Light to medium bodied, dry and with very crisp acid, it gives a wonderful concentration of expressive aromatic flavors and a good long finish. Drink it now to 2018+.
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Huia, Marlborough, New Zealand
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In Marlborough, the creation of good wine and a commitment to the environment go hand in hand. With its focus on organics and biodynamics, Huia Vineyards' mission is to make beautiful wines for today while protecting the vitality of the soils for future generations; quality drinking and care for the environment in one perfectly-crafted vintage. Handcrafted by Winemakers Claire & Michael Allan

Marlborough

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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