Mahana Riesling 2015
Unlike many new world Rieslings, this example was fermented at relatively warm temperatures and kept on gross lees for five months. The fruit came from the Waimea river gravels in the Burke’s Bank vineyard and Glover has retained 23g/l of residual sugar to balance the natural drive and acidity in the wine. The result is a beautifully balanced Riesling that has been made without any additions whatsoever. The 11% alcohol means that the wine is really ethereal across the palate. The aromas and flavours remind of stone fruits and citrus with ripe nectarine and peach skin being the most obvious characteristics. The mouth feel is juicy and fine with perfectly integrated acidity and a gentle twist of structure from the solids. Perfectly made and a wine any German wine grower would be proud of (and I don’t say that lightly). Glover calls this ‘rustic’ – we call it delicious.
“This wine continues the theme set by previous Mahana Rieslings of lower alcohol and some residual sugar. This 2015 version packs a lot more punch than previous releases with an alcohol of 11% and 23 g/l residual sugar. It is very close to the style of Riesling that I wish to explore in the future which embraces the powerful and textural side of the noble Riesling variety. This is a quite powerful and rustic expression of Riesling rather than the more common elegant and fine examples.” Michael Glover, winemaker