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Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2016 – A Re-Look

10 January,2018

In December last year, I reviewed a selection of Te Mania and Richmond Plains wines from Nelson, which I normally rate pretty well (click here to see my reviews). One of the wines, the 2016 Te Mania Riesling I noted oxidative elements which detracted from my rating and score. Winemaker Steve Gill suspects it may have been an atypical bottle, and he has sent another bottle for a re-look at the wine. My new review is here. The wine does not show the oxidative notes as seen in the previous bottle.


Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. The nose is taut with finely concentrated aromas of savoury lime fruit with yellow florals and a soft amalgam of honeysuckle and minerals, unfolding a suggestion of toast. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is lively with soft flavours of lime fruit with florals, and a savoury honeysuckle and mineral overlay. The fruit grows in richness and flows along a soft, lightly-textured line with good energy, carrying to a moderately long finish of savoury citrus fruit and florals. This is a softly rich but lively medium-dry Riesling with savoury lime, floral and honied flavours. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Weka Road’, Moutere vineyard, WBP and tank-fermented to 12.1% alc. and 9.3 g/L RS, TA 7.4 g/L, the wine aged 6 months on fine lees. Vegan wine. 16.5+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.99

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with aromas of savoury lime fruit with toast and nutty, oxidative elements, and a minerally edge. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has intense and concentrated flavours of lime fruit with toast and nutty elements and notes of savoury apple-like oxidation. The mouthfeel is bright, lively and thirst-quenching with racy acidity. The wine flows along a light, textured palate line, leading to a long finish of lime, toast and nutty notes. This is a firmly concentrated and intensely flavoured off-dry Riesling with flavours of lime fruit, toast, nuts and oxidative elements on a textured, racy palate. Serve as an aperitif and with grilled seafood over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Weka Road’, Moutere vineyard, WBP and tank-fermented to 12.1% alc. and 9.3 g/L RS, TA 7.4 g/L, the wine aged 6 months on fine lees. Vegan wine. 16.0-/20 Dec 2017 RRP $21.99

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