The Doctors’ Riesling 2018

The Doctors' Riesling 2018
The Doctors' Riesling 2018

Made by Forrest in Marlborough, a naturally lower alcohol wine (at 9%) from one of the low-alcohol (and screwcaps, incidentally) pioneers.

Bright, pale green-yellow with an appealing bouquet of fresh white-fleshed peach, chamomile and a hint of kerosene. A light body, but with more concentrated and ripe fruit immediately. Crisp green apple, apricot, lime zest and lemon sherbert – super-zingy through the palate.

 A sweetness (36g/l RS) that’s threaded with an acid tension in perfect balance, but with a drying minerality to the long finish.

Mouth-wateringly succulent and bursting with flavour. It is a little lighter through the body, but this is easily one of the best lower-alcohol whites I’ve tried in recent years. We teamed it with a dish of crisp-skinned duck in a chilli-flecked honey sauce and it was divine – a great food wine.

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