Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling, 2009
Rieslings are so under-rated in New Zealand and we cannot help but feel it was because of those “flabby” overly sweet Rieslings favoured by importers and inflicted on a new wine-drinking public who thought that was what they were supposed to be like. As a result one often hears folk say “no thanks, we don’t like Riesling”.
Rieslings grown in Central Otago are delicious because they have that lovely backbone of acidity brought about by the hot days and cool nights and general absence of humidity.
Our 2009 Last Light Riesling is off-dry – not sweet, but with just a hint of sweetness to balance the fragrance of lemongrass, lime blossom, jasmine, and kaffir lime leaf and flavours which are zingy and refreshingly citrus and floral. The wine is reminiscent of a cleansing sorbet. It has a lovely moreish dryness on the finish and a riverstone minerality.
Though a little drier and more “citrussy” than the 2008 “Last Light”, the food matches are almost the same, with the proviso that this wine is even more suited to seafood dishes.
We have matched it with Blue Cod in one of our weekly recipes.
The citrus and floral bouquet, slight sweetness and long minerally finish make this wine an ideal accompaniment to dishes such as liver pâté, wilted Asian greens, creamy seafood soups, and chicken or fish with coriander or coconut sauce. It is also delicious served lightly chilled as an aperitif or to add an extra dimension to simple luncheon or vegetarian meals.
Cuisine March 2011 rated this amongst the Top 5 NZ Rieslings!