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"Delicate, almost ethereal Riesling" Bob Campbell, Master Of Wine

2014 proved to be a “perfect storm” for Marlborough fruitfulness

Like biting into a deliciously crisp Granny Smith apple, licking lime sherbet and eating your first of the season Central Otago apricot.

The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2014

Member rating / 5
$18.99p/Btl
Elsewhere $22.00 $19.13
6 Btls, $113.94 6 Btls, $99.08



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The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2014

The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2014

Member rating / 5
Very Mosel-like with a silken texture and showing appealing tension
$18.99p/Btl
Elsewhere $22.00 $19.13
6 Btls, $113.94 6 Btls, $99.08

Accolades

Awarded Trophy: Champion Riesling

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015

Awarded Trophy: Champion Open White

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015

Awarded Trophy: Champion Riesling

Marlborough Wine Show

Awarded Gold Medal

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015

Awarded Gold Medal

Marlborough Wine Show 2014

Awarded Gold Medal

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015

Awarded 95/100 Points - GOLD

Bob Campbell, Master Of Wine

Description

"Delicate, almost ethereal Riesling with limpid purity. Subtle citrus and rose petal flavours with some wet stone/mineral character. Very Mosel-like with a silken texture and showing appealing tension" Bob Campbell, Master Of Wine

Wow! It’s like biting into a deliciously crisp Granny Smith apple, licking lime sherbet and eating your first of the season apricot, all at one time! The 2014 Doctors’ Riesling is simply stunning, oh so easy to drink and with the perfect balance of fruit sweetness and fresh acidity at a modest 9% alcohol.
Who feels guilty having a second glass? It’s firmly established as one of New Zealand’s favorite Rieslings; outselling any of our other, very fine, Rieslings 10 to 1. So chill a bottle and see for yourself what thousands of Kiwis are enjoying!

2014 proved to be a “perfect storm” for Marlborough fruitfulness. Spring was warm and early, so the number of buds that grew (bud initiation) was nearly 100%. Conditions also led to high bunch numbers per shoot (inflorescence numbers), 15-20% above average. Early December flowering was warm and dry, ensuring near 100% flower fertilisation and 10-15% more berries per bunch. We initiated both shoot and whole cane bunch thinning strategies to gain some control over the potential crop level. Summer growing conditions were perfect, allowing ideal plant growth. Ripening began in February, 7 days early, but soon slowed as the plant began to feel the effects of the extra crop. Thank goodness the February to April (veraison) weather was kind. Harvest was back to the normal start time around 1st April.We worked night and day, finishing on the 17th of April, just ahead of persistent warm rain. All in all a very solid vintage in terms of quality, if you were prepared to aggressively crop thin and get your fruit ripe and harvested before the rain. A vintage that will see good viticulture and winemaking shine.

Harvested early at low sugars, the grapes were gently pressed, cold settled and given a cool slow fermentation which was arrested around 9% alcohol and 37 g/l residual sugar. The final decision on when to stop the wine fermentation is very much decided on acid/sugar balance.

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9%

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NZ (from $5.70)

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K
This is simply an outstanding Riesling!!!

Keith - 02/05/2018

G
perhaps a little too much acid regardless of that a fine riesling

Gerhard - 05/02/2018


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