2009 Fromm Winery Riesling Spatlese, Marlborough, NZ

2009 Fromm Winery La Strada Riesling Spatlese Light straw core with a clear meniscus. Floral, white flowers, fresh lime peel and a touch of white pepper on the nose. Off-dry to medium sweet, ripe limes, and fresh apricots. Juicy. Medium acidity; medium-minus finish. Not a very complex Riesling (at present) given its young age but quite pleasurable. Sugar/acid balance is there as it wasn’t cloyingly sweet and still left my palate feeling clean after a few sips. Quite Mosel-like – at least I thought so.

Fromm Vineyard Syrah 2006, Marlborough, NZ

Fromm Vineyard Syrah 2006, Marlborough, NZ
Dark inky purple-red core with a ruby-garnet rim. Cloudy. Very ripe dark cherries, and black plum aromas. Dark chocolate, chalk, tart cherries, a little spicy and an underlying layer of wild herbs greeted the palate. Med acidity, med to med+ length. Good texture. Rounded on the edges with smooth, ripe tannins. Savoury and elegant. Drinking well.