Racy, aromatic, diverse. Naturally vibrant with a zesty acidity: the ideal wine for Asian cuisine.
The South Island's bright days, cool nights and long, dry autumns create the perfect climate for Riesling.
Styles range from bone dry to lushly sweet. You’ll find stonefruit and spice characters from sunny Nelson; lemon and lime from Marlborough; and green apples, minerality and citrus from the cooler North Canterbury and Central Otago regions.
Though present in the 1800s, it is only since the 1980s that Riesling began to be planted in volume, rising to the fourth most popular white variety planted in recent years.
Over 90% of Riesling is grown in the South Island, where the climate is ideally suited with cool, long, dry, sunny autumns, large diurnal variance and low humidity.
Time and again, New Zealand Riesling proved to be an amazingly consistent, pure and refreshing expression of a great grape, irrespective of producer.James Laube, winespectator