Wine Tasting – Small and Small – Noble Riesling

Small and Small are a husband and wife team who make their wines for Naked Wines and I’ve tried several of theirs over time.  This was my first taste of their Noble Riesling – made with grapes affected by Noble Rot – Botrytis (although thats worthy of a different blog in its own right).

I tend to drink my dessert wines (or Stickies as the New Zealanders call them) as a pudding in themselves so no matching took part; we just simply enjoyed it on its own lightly chilled, and it made for a perfect end to a long January day.

Wine Notes

Type – Sweet/Dessert Wine

Country – New Zealand

Region – Marlborough

Producer – Small and Small

Vintage – 2016

Grape(s) – Riesling


A clear deep golden colour with pronounced tears.


Clean, pronounced, primary aromas of jammy stone fruits, peaches a hint of tropical fruit.


Sweetness – Sweet!!! Not quite luscious though.

Acidity – High Acidity

Alcohol – 10.5% so light

Body – Medium+ body

Flavour Intensity – Medium+ Flavour Intensity, with a very clean finish and not cloyingly sweet.

Flavour Characteristics

The primary flavours are decidedly fruity – lots of nectarine and peach which has a jamminess to it. There’s a follow through of citrus peel which balances some of that first sweet hit and then a nice sweet spice as an after-note.

Their own notes say Marmalade and straw – I can see why they say the Marmalade but it wasn’t that overt to me.  I definitely didn’t get the straw.

Finish – Medium  – its not very long-lasting


Quality Level – Good

Readiness for drinking – Ready to drink now

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