Black Stilt Waitaki Valley Riesling 2019

  • Off-dry but crisp and lingering, with a well-balanced acid backbone
  • A Riesling from an award winning winemaker in the stunning Waitaki Valley.
  • Fresh and wonderful as a young wine, the distinctive Waitaki acidity ensues great potential for ageing.
  • 1 or more bottles
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    4 points

Editors notes

A Riesling from an award winning winemaker in the stunning Waitaki Valley. Off-dry but crisp and lingering, with a well-balanced acid backbone. Fresh and wonderful as a young wine, the distinctive Waitaki acidity ensues great potential for ageing.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Chalk
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Winestate Magazine

    ""Light and lively, this is a rare North Otago wine – only 900 bottles were produced. Bright, light lemon/green, with an attractively scented, lemony bouquet, it has strong, youthful, citrusy flavours, gentle sweetness and appetising acidity. Well worth cellaring."

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Waitaki Valley

The remote Waitaki Valley on New Zealand’s South Island sits at roughly the same latitude as Central Otago’s Wanaka wine subregion, but to the east of the island’s Southern Alps. Here, the Waitaki River – one of New Zealand’s largest – flows to the Pacific Ocean. Waitaki Valley is a small, emerging wine region, with the first vine plantings taking place only in 2001. The region enjoys hot, dry summers, with breezes from the Pacific Ocean moderating temperatures to some extent. With cold winters and springs, frost is always a viticultural risk. But long, dry autumns make for an extended growing season, which helps develop ripe fruit flavours and tannin levels in the grapes. Grapes grown here include Pinot Noir (the most planted), Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer, and often produce high-quality wines. Pinot Noirs from Waitaki Valley tend to be intensely aromatic, with aromas and flavours of red fruit (think red cherries, raspberries, and strawberries) alongside herbal, spicy notes. Crisp acidity and fine-grained tannins are also the hallmarks of these wines. Likewise, Pinot Gris wines boast fragrant aromatics with notes of green fruit, stone fruit, citrus, and spice. Rieslings are typically delicate, with vibrant acidity, penetrating citrus and floral notes, and just the right minerality. Regional Chardonnays feature flavours of green apple, citrus, melon, alongside floral notes.

About the brand Black Stilt Wines

The family owned vineyard, Black Stilt, was planted over the summer of 2004-2005 with additional rows of vines planted the following summer. Much of the vineyard is terraced on gentle slopes leading up towards Mt Domett to the South and looking down on the Waitaki river to the Northeast. It is densely planted (about 5000 vines per hectare) in Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes on the limestone soils characteristic of the district.

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