Riesling

Racy, aromatic, diverse. Naturally vibrant with a zesty acidity: the ideal wine for Asian cuisine.

Aromatics Symposium 2017, Nelson

Riesling thrives on the bright days, cool nights and long, dry autumns found in New Zealand's South Island. 

A perfect climate for this aromatic and succulent variety, styles found in New Zealand's southerly climes range from bone dry to lushly sweet. 

Stonefruit and spice characters are common in examples from sunny Nelson.

Lemon, lime and spice notes are found in Riesling from Marlborough.

The cooler Waipara Valley and Central Otago regions producing wines with crisp green apples and citrus characters.

Introduced in as early as the 1800s, Riesling saw an influx in plantings from the 1980s, and today has risen to become New Zealand's fourth most planted white varietal.

SOURCE: New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Report

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Regional plantings of Riesling in New Zealand

Typical regional styles

Climate is a major factor in defining regional styles.

Styles
Wide range from bone dry to lush sweet.
Typical aromas & flavours
Apple, citrus, lemon and tropical fruit when young, sometimes toasted honey with age. sOILs stony, gravelly sites favoured to enhance minerality.
Regionality
Stonefruit and spice in warmer nelson, lime/lemon and spice from Marlborough, and green apples and citrus from cooler Waipara Valley.


Food matching

New Zealand Riesling’s combination of fruit intensity, citrus notes and refreshing acidity complement the subtle flavours of Japanese tempura. 

Enjoy the drier styles with salads and light seafood or chicken dishes, and the sweeter styles with spicy Thai and other Asian foods.

Cellaring & serving

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Overall plantings in the last 15 years (hectares)

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