The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2012/2013/2014
Tasted in mid 2018, the 2012 to 2014 vintages, all from a single vineyard, showed impressive quality and value. Drinking well now, the 2014 vintage (4.5*) is a medium style (30 grams/litre residual sugar), with strong, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, building bottle-aged complexity. Light yellow/green, the 2013 vintage (4.5*) has excellent drive and depth, with peachy, spicy flavours, low alcohol (9.5 per cent), gentle sweetness and lovely harmony. Maturing well, the 2012 vintage (4*) is slightly more restrained, with a pale lemon/green hue, good weight, a splash of sweetness and strong, lemony, appley flavours. It's drinking well now.
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2013 | 94/100 | 5 Stars
This is richly fruited and delectably expressed on the nose showing mango, lemon curd, toast, honey and spice aromas. The palate is succulent and opulent, and delivers superbly fruit concentration and creamy texture, brilliantly complemented by refreshing acidity. A powerful rendition of the variety offering loads of attractive flavours.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit