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Spy Valley - Riesling 2015


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Wairau & Waihopai Valleys
  • Wine Maker: Paul Bourgeois & Kathy-Lee Sowman
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 to 88 (2012) JR: 15.5 (2011) WS: 86 (2013) WE: 91 (2009) D: 4 (2011) BC: 84 (2011) TC: 87 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Bright Lemon. Lemons and limes with nectarine and mineral aromas. Full and rich with a ripe citrus flavour spectrum, the finish is persistent and dry.

Winery Information

Spy Valley

Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub-region, the Johnsons? Lower Waihopai development continued, with the fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. In 2000, they began producing and selling wine under the Spy Valley label, its name derived from a nearby satellite communications monitoring station (or spy base). There are three ranges of wines within Spy Valley: Satellite, Spy Valley,.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)87 to 88 pts

Oct 2013 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2012 Riesling offers aromas of fresh limes and grapefruit alongside suggestions of peach blossoms and wet pebbles. Light-bodied and dry with a pleasant touch of phenolic grip on the palate, it has a racy line of acid and long, clean finish. Drink it now to 2017+. (2011)15.5 pts

Tasted July 2012 - Slightly smoky citrus. Creamy in the mouth but still refreshing. Pure and straightforward. Sweetness and acidity not fully meshed though. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2013)86 pts

Spicy, floral and honeyed, with a sleek, crisp core of apple and citrus notes, featuring a juicy honeysuckle finish

Wine Enthusiast (2009)91 pts

 Wine Enthusiast,, (6/1/2010), 91pts (2009) -"This is a medium-dry Riesling with plenty of weight and richness, but also wonderfully perfumed aromatics of citrus blossom. Lime and green apple fruit carries the palate, and finishes long, with an almost tactile sense of minerality."— J.C.

Decanter (2011)4 pts

Slightly nutty, subdued citrus aromas on an off-dry, flinty style with samphire notes and lingering zest.

Bob Campbell MW (2011)84 pts

A mix of ripe tree fruit/apricot and lime/citrus flavours with a hint of rose petal. A suggestion of sweetness (the wine sits on the border between dry and medium/dry according to the label) reacts nicely with taut acidity giving the wine a pleasing tension.

Tom Cannavan (2010)87 pts

Tom Cannavan,, 87pts (2010) -"12% alcohol here, and the wine is open and lightly oxidised, more sulphidic than most, but that helps emphasise a touch of stony mineral character. Huge grapefruity push of fruit, even though it finishes a touch short."

Vinification Notes

After hand picking each vineyard parcel was slowly fermented with selected yeast strains. The wines were settled clear and aged on light yeast lees for 3 months prior to blending and bottling.