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Ostler Blue House Riesling Waitaki River Otago Stelvin 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The fledgling Waitaki River district looks set to be a prime location for<br/>aromatic white wines such as this beautifully precise, chiselled Riesling with<br/>its amazingly pure fresh lime blossom aromatics and beautifully delineated<br/>paalte. A great wine to drink on its own in summer or with a carpaccio of<br/>scallops. <br/>(Jasper Morris MW, BBR Buyer) <br/> <br/>The colour is a refreshingly brilliant straw green. The nose is very pure,<br/>showing scents of wild flowers, lime sherbert and a salty freshness, analagous<br/>with a sea-breeze. Nervosite is there, brimming with tension as the fruit and<br/>acid do their dance like two young lovers entwined in an embrace. The wine<br/>possesses great poise in the mouth with the characteristic citrus flavours<br/>filling the palate at the outset then giving way to a more elusive, and yet<br/>harder-cored, minerality that builds in power as the wine warms up. It is an<br/>unashamedly fresh wine that possesses length of flavour which belies the age of<br/>the vines. If this is what can be achieved from such young vines then this<br/>vineyard has a great future indeed. <br/>(Jeff Sinnott, Winemaker, Ostler Vineyards)

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  • 2008

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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The fledgling Waitaki River district looks set to be a prime location for<br/>aromatic white wines such as this beautifully precise, chiselled Riesling with<br/>its amazingly pure fresh lime blossom aromatics and beautifully delineated<br/>paalte. A great wine to drink on its own in summer or with a carpaccio of<br/>scallops. <br/>(Jasper Morris MW, BBR Buyer) <br/> <br/>The colour is a refreshingly brilliant straw green. The nose is very pure,<br/>showing scents of wild flowers, lime sherbert and a salty freshness, analagous<br/>with a sea-breeze. Nervosite is there, brimming with tension as the fruit and<br/>acid do their dance like two young lovers entwined in an embrace. The wine<br/>possesses great poise in the mouth with the characteristic citrus flavours<br/>filling the palate at the outset then giving way to a more elusive, and yet<br/>harder-cored, minerality that builds in power as the wine warms up. It is an<br/>unashamedly fresh wine that possesses length of flavour which belies the age of<br/>the vines. If this is what can be achieved from such young vines then this<br/>vineyard has a great future indeed. <br/>(Jeff Sinnott, Winemaker, Ostler Vineyards)

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