Wild Earth Riesling 2021

  • Gold Medal winner - Global Fine Wine Challenge
  • Single vineyard, hand harvested fruit from the Waitaki Valley
  • "The palate is very pure and cleansing. So pure and gorgeous." - Toni Paterson MW
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  • Sam Kim
    5 points
  • Raymond Chan Wi
    94 points
  • Cameron Douglas
    94 points
  • Michael Cooper
    96 points

Editors notes

An inciting fragrant bouquet of apple and lime, honeysuckle and peach blossom. Crisp, fresh citrus fruit flavours with excellent intensity and minerality. Vibrant with a gentle sweetness and long lingering finish.


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
    • Apple
    • Lime
    • White Flowers
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Citrus Zest
    • Orange

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    "Intricate, detailed and pure, this stunning riesling shows white flesh nectarine, lemon sorbet, crunchy apple and white floral nuances on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that’s linear and delightfully flowing. There’s a whisper of sweetness which is perfectly balanced by bright acidity, finishing with impressive line and length. Style: Off-dry. At its best: 2023 to 2034"
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

    "Bright, even, pale yellow. This has a soft, fragrant bouquet with white floral lime flowers intertwined with lime and apple. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, aromas of lime, apple, and tangerine have a taut core, melded with a hint of citrus peel and floral element. The fruit is juicy and concentrated, shows weight, and chalky minerals fill the palate and add texture. The acidity is vibrant and focused, softened by a touch of sweetness, lends a crisp, lingering finish. This vibrant, fresh Riesling possesses ample citrus fruit entwined with floral and citrus peel bringing a long, crisp mineral finish. Match with pad Thai and seafood over the next 6+ years. The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard near Lake Waitaki, handpicked, whole bunch pressed to stainless steel, fermented to 12% alc, 8.9 g/l RS. Vegan friendly."
  • Cameron Douglas MS

    "Delicious, refreshing and enticing aromas of sweet mandarin and red apple, lots of meyer lemon and minerality with a cold stone quality. Just dry as the wine touches the palate with immediately contrasting acidity then flavours of citrus then apple and fresh white flowers. Mandarin, minerality and limeflower carry the the wine through to a lengthy yet youthful finish. Lovely aperitif if drinking today with best drinking from 2025 through 2035"
  • Michael Cooper

    "This very youthful, crisp, single-vineyard wine was hand-harvested in the Waitaki Valley. Light lemon/green, it is tightly structured, with strong, vibrant, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, gentle sweetness, and a finely poised, lingering finish"

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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.

Central Otago

Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.

The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.

Central Otago is New Zealand's only "continental" wine-growing region, which means it experiences greater diurnal temperature fluctuations than any other region in the country. These large swings between low and high temperatures create ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir, the flagship red varietal of the region. The long, cool, and dry autumn period also plays a significant role in producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs, which are known for their fragrant aroma, silky texture, and true fruit intensity.

In addition to Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for its aromatic whites, particularly Riesling, which can be made in styles ranging from bone-dry to very sweet. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are also produced to a very high standard, reflecting the region's diverse terroir and the skill of its winemakers.

Central Otago's exceptional wines have earned it a place in Jancis Robinson's top five New World wine-producing regions, cementing its status as one of the most exciting and unique wine destinations in the world. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, welcoming wineries, and world-class wines, Central Otago is a must-visit destination for any wine lover.

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About the brand Wild Earth

It's Pinot Noir, it’s New Zealand, it's Central Otago, it’s food, it’s all about you and it's totally unique. It’s Wild Sophistication!

With each exciting vintage we are blessed with a new understanding, as caretakers of this land. Our hearts bloom in Bannockburn's Felton Road. We are a boutique family owned winery who produce award winning Pinot Noir and also some wonderful examples of aromatic Pinot Gris, sweet and dry style Rieslings and beautiful Pinot Noir Rosé and we are now onto our fourth Chardonnay vintage!

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