2021 Kusuda Riesling
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2021 Kusuda Riesling

Martinborough, NEW ZEALAND
$86. 99
$1043.88 Dozen
ABV: 13%
Closure: Stelvin

Hiro Kusuda was born in Tokyo where he worked as a lawyer before a stint in Australia. Along the way his love affair with wine and winemaking grew, and eventually he set off to complete his studies at Geisenheim in Germany before moving to Martinborough in New Zealand to make hand crafted Pinot Noir. Kusuda is known for attention to detail, to the point that each berry is picked individually at harvest by his Japanese friends that fly out each year to assist. Naturally this precision comes at a cost, in particular the miniscule volumes produced, and as such stocks are extremely limited.

Other Reviews....
The 2021 Riesling leads with salted lime, green apple skins, preserved citrus and cheesecloth. The palate is rich and fleshy, with a fine spool of acid that weaves the fruit and phenolics together as one. This textural wine has a long future in front of it. 13% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023-2037.
94+ points
Erin Larkin - Wine Advocate (Feb 23, 2024)

This shows very intense lime, green melon and crushed stone. Some gun metal, too. It’s medium- to full-bodied with zingy acidity. Tangy and bright. Off-dry. Drink now.
93 points