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Forrest Estate The Doctors' Riesling

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Imagine if every doctor administered Riesling, the world would be a much happier place! Thankfully some physicians like to share the medicinal properties of lime, apple and fine acids. This classic off-dry Riesling is made by Dr. John Forrest, of Forrest Estate in Marlborough. Full of sherbet and citrus refreshment, with a perfect balance between sugar and acids. Just what the Doctor ordered.

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Now assuming cult status in the New Zealand wine scene the Doctors’ Riesling continues to amaze wine critics and novices alike. Grown on our stony Condors bend vineyard at Renwick the fruit ripens slowly, in Marlborough’s cool dry autumn climate, gaining flavour interesting yet retaining all important acidity. Harvested early at low sugars the grapes are gently pressed, cold settled and given a cool slow fermentation which was arrested around 8.9% alcohol and 44g/l residual sugar. The final decision on when to stop the wine fermentation is very much decided on taste and acid/sugar balance.

Wow it's like biting into a deliciously crisp Granny Smith apple, licking lime sherbet and eating your first of the season Central Otago apricot, all at one time! The 2012 Doctors' Riesling is simply stunning, oh so easy to drink and at a modest 8.5% alcohol; who feels guilty having a second glass? It's firmly established as New Zealand's favorite Riesling ; outselling any of our other, very fine, Rieslings ten to one. So chill a bottle and see for yourself what thousands of Kiwis are enjoying!

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Forrest Estate The Doctors' Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
A versatile, well-crafted and refreshingly balanced off-dry riesling which presents fleshy peach and crunchy orange rind flavours on a long, textural finish. Zesty acidity and luscious sweetness find a natural balance, finishing tangy and fresh.
2013-2016
Wine Taste Edition 103
92
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The two doctors are John and Brigid Forrest, but there's a third - your own telling you to drink less alcohol! Just 8.5% here, with medium dry sweetness, zesty citrus and juicy stone fruits. NZ's biggest selling riesling. No wonder!
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Ah, Mr Forrest, you've delivered another damn fine, fresh and focused off-dry riesling that has echoes of Germany's drinkable kabinett wines. Impressive fresh apple and lime juice on the nose; some gentle spice here too. The palate's supple and even, with crisp, fresh pear and apple flavour - seamless and soft from front to back.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
From Forrest Estate, this very low alcohol wine (8.5%) has abundant sweetness, balanced by fresh acidity. Attractively scented, light and lively, with lemony, appley flavours, excellent delicacy, poise and harmony. Best 2011+.
Winestate 2009
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
From Forrest Estate, this very low alcohol, medium-sweet style is like biting into a fresh, crunchy Granny Smith apple. The 2009 vintage harvested at 18 brix, was stop-fermented with 8.5 per cent alcohol and 35 grams/litre of residual sugar. Attractively scented, it is light and lively, with lemony, appley flavours, showing excellent delicacy, poise and harmony. Best drinking 2011 +.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A winning take on the off-dry riesling style with a definite waft of flinty gravel across the nose, some dried apricot and spice. Honeysuckle joins in on the palate, with apricot and tropical fruits - gently sweet, tangy flavour and delicate, drinkable appeal.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Delicious in its youth, the 2006 has a full-bloomed bouquet, leading into a medium-sweet, light wine (only 8.5 per cent alcohol) with citrusy, delicate, finely balanced flavours. The 2007 vintage is like biting into a Granny Smith apple. Pale lemon/green, it is fresh, sweetish (35 grams/litre of residual sugar) and crunchy, in a deliciously light and lively style, offering good drinking from the start.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Delicious in its youth, the 2006 has a full-bloomed bouquet, leading into a medium-sweet, light wine (only 8.5 per cent alcohol) with citrusy, delicate, finely balanced flavours. The 2007 vintage is like biting into a Granny Smith apple. Pale lemon/green, it is fresh, sweetish (35 grams/litre of residual sugar) and crunchy, in a deliciously light and lively style, offering good drinking from the start.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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