Forrest 2011 Botrytised Riesling is drawn from three vineyards located within the Wairau Valley. Two are on geologically young, stoney, free draining gravels close to the river; producing intense citrus aromas and pristine crisp acidity. The third, within the Brancott Valley, lies on geologically older soils, crushed stones with a portion of clay which gives the fruit flavours of stone fruit and Asian spice, softer acidity and tremendous mouth texture. Harvest occurs 4-8 weeks after normal physiological ripens and, climate dependent, varying degree of Botrytised berries ̢‰âÛÏ 40-90%. All fruit was hand selected, slowly pressed, cool fermented, cold settled, blended, fined and filtered prior to bottling.
Backbone of a great Riesling, glorious gold glint, bergamot orange marmalade, dried turkish apricots, kumquat, toffee glacÌÄå© orange. Sweet opulent palate, lingering with a clean finish. Great balance.
Analysis at Bottling
Residual Sugar 220 g/låÊ
Awards and Accolades
Since 2001, this Marlborough beauty has been outstanding. ‰۩The 2011 is a blend of heavily botrytis-affected Wairau Valley fruit and grapes from the cooler, drier Brancott Valley, late-harvested with a 'modest' noble rot influence. Pale gold, with an attractively scented bouquet, it has lovely, vibrant fruit flavours of lemons and pears to the fore, enriched but not dominated by botrytis. A very sweet wine (250 grams/litre of residual sugar), but with appetising acidity to keep things lively, it's already drinking well. åÊ
"Very strong botrytis influence with pure honey flavours although varietal citrus/tree fruit characters still emerge with strength. The wine has a great texture - smooth, mouth-filling and not at all cloying. Superb botrytised Riesling"
åÊ97/100 -åÊ5 Stars
Bob Campbell, MW
"This indisputably terrific wine offers outstanding value even in a 375 ml bottle.åÊ Soaring aromas present themselves while the glass is still at arm‰۪s length, and the flavors are equally expressive, featuring notes of mandarin oranges, lemon curd, dried apricots and quince paste.åÊ Despite the wine‰۪s richness and intensity of flavor, it isn‰۪t remotely tiring or heavy, as it is lifted and energized by very energetic acidity that keeps it focused and fresh through the very long, perfectly symmetrical finish.åÊ Compelling stuff."
Canberra Riesling Challenge