House: Massey Dacta
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Price: 70 DKK/9,40 EUR/11,60 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 135 DKK/18,10 EUR/22,30 USD)
Wine-making in New Zealand
New Zealand’s wines benefit from long sunshine hours, cool night air and effects of maritime climate. No vineyards is more than 120 km from the ocean. New Zealand’s vineyards are spread throughout the whole country, each with its distinct terroir characteristic. Most of the wines are found on eastern shoreline of both north and south islands, in the shadows of the mountains.
New Zealand produces only 1% of the total wine production, yet it offers a great variety grapes and styles suitable for all target groups. New Zealand is know mostly for the white varieties, especially grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. In addition to that, it produces Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and also some sparkling wines. Among red wines we can find Pinot Noir, Syrah and various blends of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marlborough as a wine region
Marlborough is the New Zealand’s largest wine region as it counts for 2/3 of overall wine production in the country. 80% of the grapes planted here are world famous Sauvignon Blanc. The Riesling that I am tasting today has quite a small presence in this region – only 318 ha.
Cloudy Bay Vineyards set a new standard for New World Sauvignon Blanc and was arguably responsible for its huge increase in interest, particularly in the United Kingdom. Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, a French luxury brand conglomerate, now owns a controlling interest in Cloudy Bay.
Massey Dacta, Riesling 2016
This Riesling comes from 24 years old plants. Upon pouring into the glass we notice a rich green color (may not be as obvious on the picture). In the nose we get intense herbal tones mixed with tropical fruits, such as pineapple. In the taste we can sense a lower level of acidity which brings up a slightly sweet feeling. This wine has neutral mineral tastes with hints of citrus fruits. This Riesling has a smooth medium finish.
I enjoyed the slight sweetness of this wine with fresh mineral tones and I think it is Riesling meant for wide array of customers. That being said, this is not my style of wine. I am used to Alsatian style of Riesling with fatty taste and petroleum smell. So even though it is a nice wine, if you are fans of rich Riesling like me, this wine is not for you. Goes well with fish and seafood.