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Wine of the Week for week ending 10th August 2003
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Kim Crawford 'Reka' Noble Riesling 2002
Marlborough, New Zealand

Reka is Maori for sweet and I can assure you, whoever you this give too, will most probably like it. It's because this wine that's coloured like a citrine gemstone reflecting off a gold setting, is just so appealing.

It's clean and refreshing, sweet but not cloying, light but full of flavour. I love the texture, the nectar-like runny honey texture that coats the tongue and inside of the cheeks and settles between the teeth and the gums. I love the flavours of apricots soaked in liqueur, orange honey, limes, candied grapefruit peel, marmalade and flower nectar and the lifted zesty finish that goes on and on.

The wine suits chilling or you can serve it at room temperature - as long it is not a middle of summer room temperature. Right now both fridge and the 16-degree middle of winter room temperature was just fine. Enjoy as an aperitif, as a palate cleanser between courses, or with some a triple cream blue cheese such as Kikorangi.

Beautifully packaged with it's distinctly New Zealand theme of woven flax on the label, the wine is one of only a couple remaining in the Kim Crawford range without a screwcap closure. It's because of the bottle. There is just not enough demand for 375ml bottles for screwcaps - yet. The time will come.

Techo stuff: The grapes were picked at 40 Brix and were fermented slowly until fermented activity ceased. The resulting wine has 12.4% alcohol by volume, 6.3 grams per litre of titratable acidity, a pH of 3.55 and a whopping 160 grams per litre of residual sugar. The acidity balances the sweetness well and makes it simply more-ish.

Check out the Kim Crawford website for more information.

© Sue Courtney
3 August 2003


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