If you think all Riesling tastes the same, think again – and check out this beautifully aged 11 year old wine, which its makers have re-released – to show how well Riesling ages, says winemaker Dr John Forrest, who modelled it on Dr Ernie Loosen’s great Mosel Rieslings from Germany.

 

It’s modestly priced (that’s polite for bargain) and absolutely awesome, thanks to Riesling’s amazing ability to age, the screwcap and impeccable cellaring at the winery. All of which make it a dream to taste, drink and buy this library release wine from the great 2007 vintage.

Regional Wines in Wellington where I consult as wine programme director (fancy title for getting to work with wine), has another five cases of this library release wine in store. It’s a wine I have followed with pleasure ever since its first vintage – 2006. This year, the 2007, was even better.

As for the pile of stones; they were sent up directly from the vineyard on which the grapes in this wine grow – in Marlborough.

Forrest Estate is owned by one of New Zealand’s biggest Riesling fans, John Forrest and his wife, Brigid – both doctors, hence the name.

A word about Riesling…

Its natural acidity keeps it fresh for decades

It ages incredibly well and develops complex flavours over the long haul

The best can taste fresh even after a decade or two

Screwcaps preserve its intense aromatic flavours better than other closures

Stony soils make vibrant wines

Even when modestly priced, Riesling ages outstandingly well.