2018 Boneline Hellblock Riesling

2018 Boneline Hellblock Riesling

94 Points Sam Kim
2018 Boneline Hellblock Riesling
94 Points Sam Kim

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This medium-dry Riesling from Boneline is extraordinary stuff. Vibrant and briskly mineral acidity cuts a fine figure against red apple and citrus sweetness, all with a powerful sweet and sour thing that is a bit German. Boneline are all about their terroir -- in this case a 'hellishly' hot vineyard of dry river gravels. Waipara Riesling is almost always delicious, but this is quite something else.

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$25.99 in mixed 6+ or $28.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Boneline are a Waipara operation with a serious focus on terroir. Waipara’s lime-rich soils and nearly identical climate to Chablis allow Boneline to explore stylistic bridge points between the more restrained French and more brightly fruited characteristics of New Zealand terroir wines. The name Boneline itself invokes a network of ideas linking their wines and terroir to the primordial history of the site, directly referring to fossilised fish bones that have been found around the Waipara River - which also appear on their labels - and indirectly referring to the lime in the soil, itself a residue of fish calcium that forms the various bone-like substrata of many Waipara vineyards and makes the region such a special place for wine. Bringing to their work a broad range of human and marketing as well as winemaking talents, Boneline look set to define new possibilities for their exceptional place and its offerings.

What The Critics Say

92/100 Bob Campbell

"Medium-dry riesling with ginger, apple, lime, citrus and chalky mineral flavours in a fresh and appealing style. The wine builds lovely acid-and-sweet tension that leaves a refreshing and lengthy finish. Good purity and an ethereal texture."

94/100 Wine Orbit

"Beautifully fruited and elegantly fragrant, the bouquet shows lemon/lime peel, Gala apple, nectarine and subtle spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is focused and refined. The wine offers terrific fruit purity backed by vibrant acidity, finishing long and very appealing. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2026. $32.50"

Joelle Thomson

"From vines grown on a river terrace that is, apparently, as hot as hell during summer, which must be why it tastes so intense on the old Riesling citrusy flavour front. That delish' bite of crisp acidity is what really drives my tastebuds wild, and creates a nervy core of interest in each sip of this lovely new wine from North Canterbury. The wine is made from grapes grown on 25 year old vines grown downstream from the White Gorge, which is carved out of terraces on the south bank of the Waipara River. Its makers, Tutton, Sienko and Hill, all say that they picked the grapes prior to sunburn to avoid phenolic development; for non-wine heads, that is another way of saying that they have avoided over ripeness, which can (in Riesling) lead to some strong aromas that can polarise people just a tad. This wine is driven by an intense lemon taste and really is a very fresh, youthful, yet-to-develop style that has great flavour intensity and a long life ahead."

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    2018 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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