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Stockman’s Station 2010 and Wild Earth 2008 Central Otago Riesling

29 September,2017
Quintin Quider established the Wild Earth brand when he planted vines in Bannockburn and Lowburn in 1998 and 1999. Contracting some of Central Otago’s best winemakers, he has released a remarkably consistent and high quality range of wines, particularly with Pinot Noir. Quintin has a portfolio which includes Rosé, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. In 2015, Quintin sold his vineyard interests, but still sources fruit from the vineyards he established. Here, I review the second tier 2010 Stockman’s Station Riesling and 2008 Wild Earth Riesling, made from fruit from the Felton Road, Bannockburn site.


Stockman’s Station Central Otago Riesling 2010

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and light with a gently rounded core of savoury lime fruit along with subtle white florals, hints of honey and secondary toasty and earthy detail. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft core with complex flavours of lime fruit and secondary toast and honey notes all melded harmoniously. The palate has light phenolic textures providing a little drying grip to the mouthfeel, and some lively background acidity. The core of flavours flow to a light finish of savoury toast. This off-dry Riesling is showing secondary development with savoury lime, floral honey and toasty flavours on a slightly drying palate. Serve as an aperitif and with poultry over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the Felton Road vineyard cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.3% alc. and 10.4 g/L RS, TA 6.16 g/L and pH 3.06. Winemaker: Steve Davies. 16.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $16.95

Wild Earth Central Otago Riesling 2008

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

Brilliant, even straw-yellow with pale green-golden hues, lighter on the edge. The bouquet is very refined and elegant in proportion with delicate but positive aromas of lime fruit with subtle secondary toastiness, and some hints of honey, and fine, penetrating mineral nuances. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fine in concentration with a core and line of lime fruit, white florals and subtle notes of toast, honey and minerals. The mouthfeel features a fine-textured phenolic thread providing good linearity, with lacy acidity. The wine is balanced with positive energy, leading to an elegantly concentrated, lingering finish. This is an elegant and refined, medium-dry Riesling with delicate lime fruit and subtle complexing secondary notes of toast and minerals. Serve as an aperitif and with fine Asian fare over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from the Felton Road vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and 14 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L. Winemakers: Anna Ward and Grant Taylor. 18.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $28.00
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