Staete Landt - Dry Riesling 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)
Thursday night marks the ramping up of my main wine consuming part of the week, ending on Sunday evening. As a result the choice of wine on a Thursday is very important indeed yet often ends up being something of a disappointment.
Tonight however the wine I chose absolutely nailed it. This is one of the best wines I’ve had so far this year. It really is very good indeed.
Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas from Holland purchased their 52 acre site in the Rapaura area of Marlborough in 1997. Riesling isn’t even their main focus so I’m now very keen to try their more staple offerings of Sauv Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The wine itself is unmistakably Riesling on the nose. The slight hint of kerosene is as usual a dead giveaway. The flavours of pear and mandarin are intriguing and the finish is long and very pleasant indeed. The complexity and depth of this wine make it really interesting.
So there you have it. A world class Riesling which has set the bar rather high for the rest of the weekend. Super stuff…..