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The best Rieslings from Taste's Top Wine Awards 2019

Vibrant, zesty and aromatic with a punch of character, New Zealand Riesling is always a winner. Master of Wine Bob Campbell shares his top picks from Taste magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Taste Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.

Less than $20

Dashwood 2018 Riesling Marlborough $14.99
Bright, fresh and tangy Riesling with lime, floral and sea air/mineral flavours. Great summer drinking at this price.
Konrad 2015 Dry Riesling Marlborough $19.90
Attractive dry Riesling that is showing the benefit of a little bottle age, with nicely integrated citrus, green apple and subtle floral flavours.
Giesen 2018 Gemstone Riesling Marlborough $19.99
Medium Riesling with citrus/lime and wildflower flavours. An ethereal texture adds delicacy and charm.
Mount Brown Estates 2018 Riesling North Canterbury $15.90
Tangy medium/dry Riesling with classic lime zest and floral/white rosé flavours. Delicious now but should develop well in bottle.


Seresin 2013 Memento Riesling Marlborough $24
Pure and ethereal organically-grown Riesling with surprisingly bright, fresh floral and citrus flavours, supported by tangy acidity.
Mt Difficulty 2016 Target Medium Riesling Central Otago $27
Taut, vibrant Riesling with chalk/mineral, lime/grapefruit/citrus and wildflower flavours. Wonderful purity and a lingering finish.
Misha's Vineyard 2015 Limelight Riesling Central Otago $28
This medium Riesling starts with a luscious tease of sweetness, then reacts with fruity acidity to build lovely tension before revealing more acidity on its mouth-watering finish. Delicious!
Neudorf 2016 Moutere Dry Riesling Nelson $29
Pure, poised Riesling with oyster shell/mineral, lime and wild flower flavours. Lovely purity and an ethereal texture.

More than $30

Felton Road 2017 Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago $38
Reasonably sweet Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours. Delicious now but will age well. Impossible to fault.
Felton Road 2017 Block 1 Riesling Central Otago $45.50
An absolute classic from Central Otago in a moderately sweet style, with wonderful power and purity.
Dry River 2017 Craighall Vineyard Riesling Martinborough $50
Weighty, flavoursome Riesling with citrus/lime, white rosé, hints of tropical fruits, passionfruit and oyster shell mineral flavours. Will age well.
Two Rivers 2016 Altitude Riesling Marlborough $36
An unusual and appealing barrel-aged Riesling with restrained aromatics, but an enhanced, weighty and quite creamy texture. Toast, lemon and subtle biscuity flavours.

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