Riesling – New Release

Reviewed: 10th September 2013

Pewsey Vale – Riesling – Contours – 2008 (18.5).  Initially, this appears oily, developed, toasty and maturing, though there are no signs of kerosene, yet the fruit is wonderfully dense and rich.  The wine really opens and builds with time in the glass, allowing the fruit to really express itself.  The toasty notes settle back into the wine and there is amazing length.  This became much fresher in the glass, suggesting that further aging would not be out of place.  The next day, this was a stunning drink!

Xabregas – Riesling – X – Figtree – 2011 (18).  Lovely lemon blossom fruit here.  The nose is floral, aromatic, tender, supple, round and balanced.  Yet there is a minerality that runs alongside bright acidity that combines to confer a very long finish.  The touch of residual sugar softens the palate making this an excellent drink now, yet the intensity of the quality fruit suggests that aging is assured.

Grant Burge – Riesling – Thorn – 2012 (17.5+).  Tight, with minerals, floral notes and delicate citrus.  Actually, everything about this wine is delicate.  Precise and very long, this is a youthful wine with real potential.

Koonowla – Riesling – 2013 (17.5+).  Musk, sherbet and lemon blossom on a nose that is pretty and perfumed.  Right now, the citrus-like acidity on the palate is the defining feature.  This will be very good, but it needs a year or two to soften and will live for many more.  From the Clare Valley.

Ferngrove – Riesling – Off Dry – 2012 (17.8).  Spectacular nose that combines lovely citrus fruit with the first signs of development.  The palate is bright and fresh, yet again, shows some oily complexity.  The delicate finish is very long.  This is off dry, but the citrus fruit and acid match the residual sugar perfectly.  Irresistible now, but could also be aged if required.

Angove – Riesling – Long Row – 2013 (17.4).  Lean and fresh, but perfectly balanced.  Long and fine, though just a touch linear and one-dimensional.  A delicate, fine wine that has the potential to age for a few years.  At $12, this is awesome value.