Lively fruit characteristics start to dominate Central Otago Rieslings and elevate them into a classic style of their own. Our Cromwell Basin Riesling epitomises the strength, vitality and maturity of this increasingly celebrated variety.
Fresh, clean and vibrant are the signature adjectives to describe, in short, our 2021 Hawkshead Riesling. The nose discovers aromatic delights of citrus fruit and tropical white floral notes. The palate reveals Lemon & Tangerine and a vibrate blend of citrus with their gentle acidity and suggestion of white flowers and the imaginary taste of Frangipani. The wine’s elegant texture leaves the mouth with a cleansing lingering finish.
Bob Campbell MW, The Real ReviewSilver Medal Featured in Business Direct- Top 10 Rieslings
From selected blocks in the Lowburn sub-region, this is crisp, tangy Riesling in an off-dry style with flavours that suggest lime, green apple, oyster shell, white flowers and apricot blossom. Deliciously tangy acidity balances a hint of sweetness to give the wine mouth-watering tension.
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Perfect to Outstanding - Rated Top Wine 2021 (Riesling)
19/20pts, 95 pts, Gold Medal
Bright, even, pale yellow, youthful. The soft is gently full with a depth of aromas; honey nuance melded with white floral, underlying stonefruit, melon, lemon and a hint of mandarine zest. Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, concentrated aromas of stonefruit, honeydew melon, entwined with lemon and pith, honey and an amalgam of white blossom.
The flavours are harmonious and well-proportioned, elegantly concentrated. Very fine-textured phenolics coated the palate in silk; a zesty acid line balanced and drew a lengthy finish. This is a smooth, harmonious flavoured Riesling with charm and a fine-textured mouthfeel, perfectly in balance.
Match with clams in miso butter and lemon & herb sausages over the next 8 years. Fruit from Cromwell Basin, whole bunch pressed, wild-fermented cool in stainless steel to 12% alc, 7 g/l RS, rested on lees for 4 months. Vegan friendly. Nov 2021
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2022 Edition
Outstanding, Gold Medal Standard
The 2021 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown in the Cromwell Basin and fermented and lees-aged for four months in stainless steel tanks.
Bright, light lemon/green, it is a very fresh and lively, light to medium-bodied style, with strong, lemony, appley, slightly peachy flavours, gentle sweetness (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp acidity and a finely poised, lingering finish. Already very enjoyable, it should be at its best 2024+.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type
Elegant, pristine and charming, it's delicately lifted on the nose showing Gala apple, lime sorbet, white flesh nectarine and jasmine nuances, leading to a concentrated palate displaying excellent focus and persistency.
Gorgeously complemented by subtle sweetness and firm acidity, making it brilliantly balanced and lingering. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2031.
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Sub-Region: Cromwell Basin
Colour: Bright, luminescent sun-bleached straw
Flavour Profile: Our 2021 ‘Single Vineyard’ Riesling delights with noteworthy aromatics of lemon, tangerine rind and white floral fragrances. Finer noses will also detect a faint Crème Brûlée like hint of burned sugar.
The palate easily interprets and reveals the uncovered aromas and adds a whiff of warm frangipani. The wine’s texture is elegant with gentle puckering acidity and has a soft salivating persistent finish. Hawkshead always aims to show off the Riesling grape variety at its very best and present a wine of intensity, vitality and tension.
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw