Ben Glover is one of New Zealand’s most experienced white winemakers from the country’s biggest wine region – Marlborough; Dry Riesling is one of his specialties…

Ben and Jack Glover are fans of Riesling – and they like it dry, so the brothers have put their money where their mouths are and turned their personal taste into the inspiration behind their exceptionally consistent dry, full bodied Zephyr Rieslings. Earlier this year, they opened a decade long line up of Zephyr Rieslings from 2009 to 2017 to prove the point that their wines are bone dry. And this coming Saturday 15 September, Ben will wing his way to Wellington for a tasting of the brand new 2018 Zephyr Riesling at Regional Wines & Spirits from 1pm to 5pm.

In case there’s any doubt about it, Zephyr Riesling is dry as a bone and has been since first made in 2009.

“We’re inspired by Germany’s Rheingau Rieslings, which typically have 8 to 10 grams of residual sugar, at most, so definitely dry – both in taste and in a technical sense,” says Ben, who adds that their aim is also to make Riesling with moderate to lower alcohol content.

This is something they achieve through hand tending the vines, hand harvesting and being consistent in style every year,” says Ben, who co-owns Zephyr Wines with his brother Jack, who has also forged a full time career in wine management, wine judging and understanding wines from the ground up.

 

About Zephyr Wines

The Zephyr wine brand is co owned by brothers Ben and Jack Glover in Marlborough

Sauvignon Blanc is the bread and butter of the brand, making about 6000 of the brand’s 10,000 cases

They also make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling

MK111 is their take on an alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc – fermented entirely in old oak with wild yeasts, oak aged in contact with lees (decomposing yeasts after fermentation)

Ben and Susie Glover (husband-wife) own 13 hectares of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines, which they are currently transitioning to organic certification with Bio-Gro New Zealand.

They also use grapes from an adjoining 11 hectare block of Sauvignon Blanc, which Owen Glover (Ben’s father) farms, using conventional growing methods.

Taste Zephyr Wines dry Riesling and more in store on Saturday 15 September 1pm to 5pm with winemaker Ben Glover… at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington. 

I am a full time writer and also work part of each week as the wine programme director for Regional Wines & Spirits, which involves writing, wine education and co-running the tasting programme, among other tasty wine related tasks…