$28 - Alexandra, Central Otago
Grant Taylor is one of Central Otago's finest winemakers, his region specific Pinots are some of the most exciting, site specific wines coming out of NZ: each crafted to express its own terroir perfectly. This Riesling is from one of the oldest Riesling sites in the country and to me it is one of the purest examples of long, focused, linear, truly dry Rieslings made in New Zealand. Which is interesting as one of the things I find most endearing about Central Otago Riesling are its typically extremely floral, beautiful aromatics.
It starts with a restrained nose of lime zest, flint and stones; minerality being at the center of this wine. On the palate it opens up but plays the same tune as the nose with lime and stones being at the center and some gently floral aspects of mandarin and lime blossom playing about it. I have not written about wine a lot recently and find this wine particularly difficult to describe as flavour is not the primary driver of this wine. It is all about texture, intensity and soul. These are things that my words fail to describe. It is stunning.
In two words: Soul Piercing.