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SOHO ‘Betty’ Riesling Spatlese 2016

11 August,2017
The current trending to lower alcohol wines is something to be taken seriously if market analysts are correct. It appears a growing number of wine drinkers are becoming increasingly aware and possibly concerned about the intake of higher amounts of alcohol, and the effects on life and lifestyle. The research and development with Sauvignon Blanc in lower alcohol bottlings is commendable, as the variety is our largest grown. The problem is how to attain ripe and pleasant flavours with balanced sugars and acids. Lower alcohol Pinot Gris is appearing on shelves, and while under-ripeness of flavour is less on an issue, lack of flavour is.

The answer to the lower-alcohol wine supply has always been with us, in Riesling. The Germans are masters of the style, and we in New Zealand have no problem making naturally lower alcohol Rieslings with balanced acidity and sweetness. Riesling and sweetness are partners, and such wines deliver delicious flavours, and can age pretty well. The style of the wines goes exceptionally well with our cuisine that has ‘Fusion’ as a feature. Rachael Carter’s SOHO brand has had great success with the style under the ‘Betty’ label, which is part of her ‘Generation Y Collection’, designed to service the on-premise market. Here, I review the new 2016 SOHO ‘Betty’ Riesling, called a ‘Spatlese’ in the classic German style. The wine is made by Dave Clouston, SOHO’a Marlborough winemaker.


SOHO ‘Betty’ Marlborough Riesling Spatlese 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is elegantly concentrated with well-packed and intense aroma of fresh lime fruit entwined with a complex amalgam of citrus and toast with hints of savoury honey and minerals. Sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate has gently restrained flavours of lime fruit, honey and toast at the core. The mouthfeel features a subtle richness and unctuousness, balanced by some dry phenolic textures and integrated lacy acidity. The wine has positive linearity and flows softly to a light, dryish, lingering, toasty finish. This is a gently flavoured sweet, light-bodied Riesling with lime, honey and toast flavours on a rich palate finishing with drier textures and lacy acidity. Serve as an aperitif, and with mildly spicy Asian or Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 9.5% alc. and 41 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Aug 2017 RRP On-premise only
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