When it comes to wine I encourage everyone to abide by two simple principles: know what you want, and know what to look for.
I have mentioned before my affinity for Riesling. Significantly matured examples are harder to come by, so it was a stroke of luck when I found this wine on offer. With a competitive price and free shipping thrown in, the decision to buy was almost a forgone conclusion.
- Clarity: Clear
- Intensity: Medium
- Colour: Lemon
- Condition: Clean
- Intensity: Medium
- Development: Developing
- Sweetness: Dry
- Acidity: High
- Tannin: N/A
- Alcohol: Low
- Body: Medium
- Flavor Intensity: Medium+
- Finish: Medium+
- Quality: Very Good
- Readiness/Cellaring: Can drink now, potential to cellar
- Identity: Australia / Mount Barker / Riesling
- Price: Mid-priced ($12)
- Colour is lemon, with some gold flecks
- Long, thin tears
- Aromas of lemon, lime, mango, kerosene and peach
- Flavours of honey, lemon, lime, toast, orange skin
- Very slight waxy bitterness on back palate
- Refreshing acidity will make it an excellent match for many foods
- Try with mild- to medium-hot spicy food
- Ma-Po Tofu
- Szechuan hotpot
- Chilli Crab
Despite the bottle age this wine was still quite youthful, only just beginning to show some development. Credit is due to the screwcap technology for giving wines better staying time, but I would have welcomed a Riesling with greater development since they are rarer.
With South Australia taking most of the attention, Western Australia is an often overlooked region. In an environment where large brands and conglomerates dominate the market, Western Australia seems to have retained its culture of boutique winemaking, supported by numerous small producers, each with their own philosophy and style rather than aspiring to simple consistency and homogeneity.
I have read somewhere that while Western Australia produces only 5% of Australia’s wines, they win 30%+ of the medals. I have advised caution when it comes to ratings, but such a consistent performance merits some consideration, especially if you still feel that you are starting out and exploring the world of wine.
This was another purchase from the good people at Vinomofo. While unfortunately they they have sold out of this particular wine, I have noticed that sometimes they manage to get their hands on more, or find a few cases hidden in a corner.
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