Reason to Riesling

Reason to Riesling

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A crisp breeze is in the air but wrapped up warm, there is still plenty of sunshine for a long lunch outdoors.  Those special days are best enjoyed with the golden hues of our three different vintages of Hawkshead Riesling.

Discover why Riesling is great when young and improves with age, just like us. You will be enchanted and convinced!

Please note: delivery is complimentary within New Zealand. 

Six bottle case includes:

2 x bottles of Hawkshead Riesling 2018
2 x bottles of Hawkshead Riesling 2019
2 x bottles of Hawkshead Riesling 2020

Reviews for Riesling 2018

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type


Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Review
17.5 +/20 pts (93 pts) Excellent to Very Good

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly fresh with gentle aromas of lime fruit and exotic florals and a subtle amalgam of fresh herbs, honeysuckle and a little sherbet. The aromatics show good intensity unfolding some mineral elements. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright and fragrant fruit flavours of limes with exotic yellow florals, hints of tropical fruits with a little honeysuckle. The palate is up-front and flows along a light-textured line with soft, background acidity. The exotic florals blossom as the wine carries to a lingering, lush finish. This is a bright, exotic-fruited medium-dry Riesling with a fine-textured line and soft acidity adding lusciousness. Match with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. Lowburn fruit, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 11 g/L RS, TA 4.0 g/L and pH 3.05. 131 cases made. 

Reviews for Riesling 2019

 5 stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94/100pts,    Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type

It is delightfully fruited and elegantly poised, showing white flesh nectarine, crunchy apple, lime sorbet and floral characters on the nose, leading to a brilliantly focused palate that is delicate and linear. The wine offers whispering sweetness and firm acidity, finishing impressively long and vibrant. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2029.


Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 
Excellent Quality

The 2019 vintage (****) was grown at Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied and fleshy, with strong, ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours and a dryish (5 grams/litre residual sugar) finish.  Still youthful, it's well worth cellaring to 2021+

5 stars
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Review
18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding -

Bright, light yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and elegant with fragrances of elderflower, honeysuckles, fresh lime and lemon, along with light honey and subtle note of wet stones. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, there is a good core flavour of citrus, lime, lemon and pink grapefruit along with a gentle scent of its pith, unfolding light honey, oat and spices, the finish is lingering and dry. The mouthfeel is with mineral and phenolic substance; pithy notes developed into candied orange peels as it aerated, added richness. The fruit has good concentration, balanced by taut acid cut, flows with stony minerals to linearity. This is a medium-bodied dry Riesling with flavours of citrus, florals, honey and minerals on a dry finish with complex details. Match with pork scratchings and bacon-wrapped rabbit roasted over the next 5 years. 100% fruit from Lowburn. Fermented in stainless steel to 13% alc, 5 g/l. 250 cases produced. 

Reviews for Riesling 2020

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts,   Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regio

This is instantly appealing on the nose showing crunchy apple, lime sorbet and floral aromas. The palate exhibits outstanding concentration and focus, wonderfully supported by refined mouthfeel and bright acidity. Super long and linear with layers of fine texture and delectable flavours. Style: Off-dry.  At its best: now to 2029.

Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Excellent Quality verging on Outstanding

'Bliss in a bottle, the 2020 vintage (4.5*) was grown at Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. Bright, light yellow/green, it is a powerful, full-bodied style of Riesling, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks (97 per cent) and seasoned French oak barriques (3 per cent), and lees-aged for three months. Highly drinkable in its youth, it is scented and mouth-filling, with rich, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, moderate acidity and a dryish (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), a very harmonious finish. Drink now or cellar.

5 stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20pts, Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding

Bright, straw-yellow with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is presented elegantly, bright with gentle nuances of white floral and citrus, underlying honey, beeswax and stonefruit. Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, a taut core of lemon, lime, tangerine with its zest; intermix with lime flower and honey. Subtle white pepper and minerals unfold as it lingers to a crisp, citrus-fruited finish. Some residual sugar sweetness rounds the mouthfeel, balances the taut, mouthwatering acid. Citrus zest and a light phenolic grip bound stony minerals and crunchy acidity to a lengthy, dry finish. This is a citrusy Riesling with charming details and tension, presented with a rounded mouthfeel and dry, lengthy finish. Match with seafood and chicken katsu over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Lowburn, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, 12 hours on skins. Fermented 97% in stainless steel, 3% in older oak barrels to 13% alc, 7 g/l RS. Rested on lees for 3 months. Oct 2020.

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Excellent Quality

Hints of rose petal/rose water lead, shifting to red apple, white flowers and a floral (attractively) soapy nuance. Ripe red apple, some cooked apple too, picking up hints of citrus and honey on the nicely textural and relatively dry palate. With aeration, there’s a crisp, crunchiness emphasising its youthful side, honeyed notes neatly balanced by acidity.

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal - 22 out of 34 (Riesling of NZ)

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