Riesling from Cheviot Hills, North Canterbury, New Zealand.
SRP of $18 and available for as low as $16. 655 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Inspired by a bold vision from David and Leigh Teece, the picturesque Mt Beautiful vineyard is located in an intriguing new wine region - Cheviot Hills, North Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand.
Sheltered from the cool ocean breezes by the nearby Mt Beautiful, the vines grace north-facing slopes of coastal foothills. Here, the warm, dry climate and alluvial silt loam soils are ideal for growing the highest quality grapes.
North Canterbury is a relatively new, up-and-coming subregion of the larger Canterbury region in New Zealand. According to Wine-Searcher the Canterbury region as a whole is a similar distance from the Equator as Tuscany; however, the influence of the Pacific Ocean creates very cool nights while winds from the Southern Alps help provide warmth. The result is a unique growing climate.
Of course, we already know this area can produce great wine -- just take a look at our current list ofTop 10 Red Wines Under $20. Sitting at #1 you'll find the Mount Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Noir which comes from these very same vineyards. Let's see how the Riesling stacks up.
The 2010 Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Riesling begins with pleasant aromas of honeysuckle, lime, apple and citrus. The apple and citrus noted continue when tasting this off dry wine that features an absolutely excellent texture and mouthfeel. You'll also find touches of tangerine, tropical fruit and balanced acidity. The finish features just a hint of minerality under all the tasty fruit. Delicious!
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