Most Recent Tastings
15th August 2020
At the end of a 25-wine tasting of very high-quality Riesling, I found myself reflecting on just how much I enjoyed the tasting. This was due to a number of factors. To start with, there was the purity of fruit, approachability of the wines and sheer quality of winemaking on show…
Barry Weinman: 5th October 2019
Riesling has been the perennial bridesmaid of the Australian wine scene. Capable of breathtaking beauty, but routinely overlooked in favour of more overt wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and complex, approachable Chardonnay.
Barry Weinman: 25th April 2019
The Porongurups in the Great Southern region of Western Australia must surely produce the best Rieslings in Western Australia, showing great purity of fruit and outstanding balance. Whilst they lack the long history of the great Clare Valley Rieslings (such as Grosset and Leo Buring), they are challenging the quality. The other region to also star with Riesling in the last few years is Tasmania, but precious few of those make it to WA.
4th October 2017
Great Riesling can come in many different forms. From bone-dry, steely wine, to off-dry examples right through to the spectacular, intensely sweet (and very expensive) wines from Germany.
17th October 2016
When it comes to Australian Riesling, Grosset sits at the top of the pyramid in terms of reputation, quality and price, with the Polish Hill now sitting around $50 per bottle.
10th October 2015
I can’t count the number of times that I have heard someone say “I don’t like sweet wines” when given the option of a glass of Riesling, only to happily slurp down a Sauvignon Blanc with significant amounts of residual sugar.
9th October 2015
Riesling must surely be Australia’s best value grape variety. Refreshing in its youth, yet capable of developing wonderful complexity and richness with age
15th June 2015
After flying below the radar for a number of years, Xabregas really made an impression with their 2010 Rieslings. This was followed up by the spectacular 2011s. These wines became my benchmark for Great Southern Riesling at the time.
A few weeks back, Burt Salomon was in town to showcase his range of wines. What makes Salomon unusual though, is the fact that he makes wines on both sides of the equator. Having established a passion for making wines in the new world, Burt took over the reins at his family’s wine business in Austria a few years back.
Reviewed: 10th December 2014
When it comes to great Australian Rieslings, the Clare Valley and Eden Valley regions of South Australia are the spiritual homes. Grossett’s Polish Hill Riesling is considered one of Australia’s great wines and there have been many great wines have been released under the Leo Buring label.
Reviewed: June 30, 2014
When it comes to Riesling, the Great Southern region of Western Australian deserves the same quality reputation as the Clare Valley in South Australia. Like Clare, there are several subdistricts within the region that are capable of displaying subtle stylistic differences. If Frankland River (like Watervale) is the engine room, then the Porongorup district is the Polish Hill of the region.
Reviewed: 10th September 2013
Reviewed: 4 February 2013
Riesling is a fascinating grape as it can take on many different personalities depending on where it is grown and how it is handled in the winery. Bone dry, off dry, medium or sweet, the choice is yours. As long as there is appropriate acidity to balance the sweetness, the result can be thrilling.
This tasting had a variety of styles. Do not be afraid to try the wines that are off-dry. Done well, this style can offer immense drinking pleasure.
- Howard Park – Riesling – Porongurup – 2012 (18+).
- Galafrey – Riesling – Dry Land – 2012 (18).
- Howard Park – Riesling – Great Southern – 2012 (18).
- West Cape Howe – Riesling – Mount Barker – 2012 (17.8).
- Bellarmine – Riesling – Dry – 2012 (17.5 – 18).
- Singlefile – Riesling – Porongurup – 2012 (17.5).
- Leo Buring – Riesling – Clare Valley – 2012 (17.5).