Day 8 in lockdown… drinking history


Cue the world’s smallest violen. It’s no mean feat writing a blog every day after writing all day long and it’s not because I’m not inspired to write but cycling, walking and working out online have also occupied day eight in lockdown here in Martinborough.

Today’s wine for lockdown is incredibly tasty. It’s a perfectly fresh, perfectly preserved example of one of the world’s great white grapes.

It’s 10 years old, sealed with a screwcap and made from hand picked grapes  harvested at 22 brix on 23 April 2010 into 132 picking bins and equally distributed between 12 New Zealand winemakers known for being a bit of a dab hand at making… Riesling.

It is one of the 12 bottles made that year, this one by winemaker Simon McGeorge. I was sent a case of these wines when they were released and I wrote about them all in the New Zealand Herald when I wrote that newspaper’s weekly wine column in Viva, published every Wednesday. Then my sister bought a case of this wine which she, Dad and I all polished off over a family Xmas week one year. Then I bought another case and have cellared it ever since. Just so that you know the whole story.

2010 New Zealand Riesling Challenge Waipara Simon McGeorge

This comes fresh from my wine cellar and even at 10 years old, I think it’s got another 10 years’ of life because it still looks pale in colour, tastes incredibly fresh and is so succulent that it’s hard to believe it is a decade old. I love the concept behind the New Zealand Riesling Challenge and would love to see it again.

Alcohol in this wine is 12.8% ABV and it’s classified on the back label as just in the medium dry category, which means residual sugar will be approximately 12 grams per litre. Tasty as. Proof again how good North Canterbury Riesling is.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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