Showing posts with label Riesling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Riesling. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 SC Pannell Aromatico

I sure do love a good blend of aromatic white wine varietals. They tend to really suit these warmer summer months, as well as my penchant for spicy S.E. Asian dishes. This one comes from one of Australia's most celebrated wine makers S.C. Pannell, who has been producing a lot of great wines over the past few years. This one is a blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris.

Aromas of lychee and rosewater alongside lime and a hint of pear. The palate is clean with citrus tang and maybe a touch of saline character, which adds some nice complexity.

Overall, a fun, delicious, and crowd pleasing wine.

Price:      $25
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal:  Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris  
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.pannell.com.au

2015 Chaffey Brothers Dufte Punkt

Another great vintage of the Dufte Punkt, which tranlates from German into "the aromatic point". This  blend is almost equal parts Riesling and Gewurztraminer, with Weiber Herold accounting for the remaining 20 percent. The Gewurztraminer was given 12 hours of skin contact prior to pressing.

Such a beautiful wine with huge amounts of perfumed aromatics. Plenty of lychee and rose from the Gewurztraminer, along with some lemon and lime citrus notes. Nice dry palate with a good kick of acidity.

The perfect pairing for spicy Thai curries and so many other S.E. Asian dishes. A real crowd pleaser.

Price:      $24
Source:   Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal:  Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.chaffeybroswine.com.au

2015 Thistle Hill Organic Riesling

2015 Organic RieslingThistle Hill is situated in the Cudgegong Valley in Mudgee NSW. Their vineyards are all organic and unique, in that they have never used chemical sprays on their vines.

Alongside floral and lime aromas are some some riper aromas that might imply a sweeter style of Riesling, however the palate in nice and dry with clean, refreshing, and well balanced acidity.

Drinking very well in it's youth, an excellent choice with Thai food.

Price:      $30 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Riesling
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.thistlehill.com.au

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2015 Jacob's Creek 'Classic' Riesling

While Riesling in Australia generally has a very favorable ratio of quality to cost, it's still quite impressive to find such an enjoyable wine sitting below 7 dollars. In terms of an everyday-drinking white wine, it's hard to go wrong here. 
A rather floral Riesling, almost leaning towards notes of tropical fruit, there are some nice citrus elements that keep it refreshing. Soft acidity and more lemon and lime flavors on the palate. A good one to keep on hand.
Price:      $6.20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Riesling
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    89
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Esoterico

2014 Unico Zelo EsotericoMade from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano and Muscat, sourced from various regions in South Australia. Another great value white wine that has seen some skin contact and has been left unfined and unfiltered. Excellent value. A very affordable way to check out how good a skin contact wine can be.

Wild nose with lots of floral notes alongside aromas of citrus and pineapple. A little hint of baked bread yeastiness. Wonderfully textural wine and the flavors stick around for a good amount of time leaving lots to ponder. A very interesting and quite unique wine.

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Muscat
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2014 Pressing Matters R9 Riesling

Last year when I was down helping out at Bass Phillip during vintage, winemaker Phil Jones was sayingt how good Tasmanian Riesling was getting. The year following I tried a few, but none of them really hit it for me. So, this year I asked Phil to recommend a particular wine and this is the one he recommended.

While still quite young, this is such a clean and crisp wine, showing so much potential for aging. Talk about bright, clean acidity. Some tropical fruit notes when I first opened it, fading away to more wet stone and lemon-lime aromas. Excellent palate length.

 Price:      $33
Source:   Cool Wines, Hobart
Varietal:  Riesling
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94+++
Website:  www.pressingmatters.com.au

Friday, December 19, 2014

2008 Pewseyvale Eden Valley Riesling

Pewseyvale sits 250 meters above the floor of the barossa valley, providing a slightly cooler climate ideal for Riesling production. The Pewseyvale winery is one of the oldest in Australia and said to be Eden Valley's first vineyard. They are also one of the most consistent high quality Riesling producers in the country and have produced many of the best Australian Riesling I've tried.

The 2008 is drinking beautifully right now. Starting to develop a small amount of aged Riesling aromas, which sit beautifully alongside aromas of lemon, lime, and hints of tropical fruit. Great refreshing acidity and minerality to this wine.

A fantastic bargain at this price point. I can't believe how good Australian Riesling generally is for the small price tag it so often carries.

Price:     $23
Source:  Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   94

Monday, December 15, 2014

2011 Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling

An Australian ice wine? Being Canadian I've tried my fare share of ice wines. In the Niagara region of Canada most ice wine producers wait until there are three days in a row where the temperatures stay below -8 degrees Celsius. While it's a bit cooler in Tasmania than many other parts of Australia, they still require freezing units to produce their ice wine. I think this difference in production yields a slightly different product.

The first thing I noticed about this wine was that it was less syrupy than other ice wines I've had. Great aromas of apple blossoms and orange zest, followed by sweet but not cloying flavors of green apple and honey. Lacks some of the interesting elements I expect from an ice wine, which likely develop from the extended hang time prior to picking in Canada and Germany.

Worth noting that this is available at a fraction of the price of any good German, Austrian, or Canadian ice wines. Given the option, however, I'll take a good Aussie botrytis over any of these.

All in all, great way to end a meal. I'd pair this with a good quality, mild blue cheese.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  December
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.frogmorecreek.com.au/

Monday, November 17, 2014

2013 Chaffey Bros 'Tessalation' Riesling

Chaffey Bros have sourced the grapes for this Riesling from three different vineyards in the Eden valley and created a well balanced wine that definitely stands out from the pack. Tessellation is the name given to a combination of shapes that are able to cover a surface perfectly, without any gaps. True to its name, all of the elements of this wine fit together very well.

Great aromatics featuring lychee, lemon, lime, and floral notes, with maybe a hint of kerosene developing. Perfect acid sugar balance, with 7 grams/litre residual sugar. A very refreshing and easy to drink Riesling. 

This was absolutely perfect with an array of different Thai dishes. Highly recommend getting your hands on some of this the next time you are having Thai food, or pretty much any time you feel like a Riesling.

Price:     $24
Source: Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: November 2014
Rating:   94

2013 Leeuwin Estates 'Art Series' Riesling

Leeuwin Estates are winemakers situated in the Margaret River. They are very well known for their excellent 'Art Series' Chardonnays and also produce a few other varietals, such as this Riesling.

This was a quite dry Riesling, offering green apple and lime on the nose and then some minerality and citrus fruit on the palette. I found it a bit acidic for a Riesling this dry.

This Riesling was quite good with oysters. I'd like to see this wine again in several years time when it has had time to mellow out and develop some more complex characteristics.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   89
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2012 Glaetzer-Dixon überblanc Riesling

Nick Glaetzer was Gourmet Traveller's 2011 Winemaker of the year and also took home the Jimmy Watson award for his 2010 Mon Pere Shiraz. The name überblanc comes from a 2001 harvest Nick experienced in Germany with Stepan Mueller at Weingut Eugen Mueller. Grapes for this Riesling were sourced from both the Tamar and Coal Valley regions of Tasmania.   

It Displays a lovely subtle nose with kaffir lime and a bit of green apple. A well structured Riesling with great minerality, length, and intensity. Drinking very well now, but will no doubt improve over time in the cellar.  

Price:     $24
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.danmurpys.com.au

2014 Wines by KT 5452 Riesling

Winemaker Kerri Thompson has been making wines in South Australia's Clare Valley region since 1998, and has been specializing in producing Riesling from this area. The 5452 is her entry level Riesling and comprises grapes from two vineyards in the Watervale (area code 5452) sub-region.

Green apple up front is joined by lemon, lime, and some floral notes. With a soft round texture this wine slides across the palate, making it almost dangerously easy to drink. Good acidity makes for a nice crisp finish urging you to take another sip.

If this is her entry level Riesling, I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of her wines.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.winesbykt.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2012 Brash Higgins Semillon/Reisling Field Blend

I love to try new varietals, unique blends, and wines that have been produced using interesting technques. Brash Higgins wines seem to be doing a lot of this with very cool results. I'm suprised I haven't seen more of this particular blend. Winemaker Brad Hickey has taken two of my favorite Australian varietals and created a new and interesting blend that works fantastic with Thai and Indonesian foods.

For such a young wine I was surprised to get some aromatics characteristic of a more aged Riesling. This was a pleasant surprise, and it was definitely nicely balanced with the Semillon and citrus fruit characteristics of this wine. The palatte had mid level acidity and good length, a nice roundness, a bit of lime, and a lot of interest.

Was a real crowd pleaser, alongside some good Thai food, and paired particularly well with salt and pepper soft shell crab. I'd buy it again and look forward to the release of the 2014 vintage of this wine.

Price:     $37
Source: Grand Central Cellars
Varietal: Semillon, Riesling
Tasted: October 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.brashhiggins.com/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2013 Vinomofo Fanny Limehead Riesling

Spring has been hitting us here in Brisbane and I'm starting to crave fresh, zippy, refreshing Rieslings. This one fit the bill pretty darn well. Another collaboration from Vinomofo, it was produced in collaboration with Penna Lane, in the Clare Valley.

This hits all the notes I like in a fresh young Riesling; good aromatic intensity with lots of lemon, lime, and a bit of green apple, followed by nice bright and crisp citrus acidity.

Overall, a refreshing good quality riesling, delivered at a very fair price. Best served in a hammock, after a hard days work, by the pool, or anytime you realize it's summer.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: October
Rating:   90
Website: http://vinomofo.com/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 Chaffey Bros Düfte Punkt

ASB0959_001_LO_sRGB copyDüfte Punkt translates from German to "The Aromatic Point", and aromatic this wine sure is. This blend consists of Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and a less common German grape called Weißer Herol. All three varietals are grown on a single vineyard in the Northern Eden Valley. This is drinking great right now and just in time for summer. 

It has a giant flowery nose that keeps delivering Turkish delight, grapefruit and orange peel. A fantastically aromatic wine. Great minerality plays wonderfully with heaps of citrus. Perfect level of residual sugars for my taste.

I will definitely be stocking up on this for the summer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser among serious wine drinking friends and occasional tipplers alike. Drinks well with Vietnamese food, and likely much more. A cracker.

Price:     $25
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Weißer Herol
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/

Monday, September 1, 2014

2005 Penfolds Reserve Bin Riesling

Penfolds recently held a promotion, in collaboration with Vinetec wine fridges, offering a fantastic deal on a  fridge when you purchased at least six wines from their bin series or luxury wines.  Being in need of a wine fridge this seemed like a perfect excuse to pick up some Penfolds wines.  Amongst the six pack of wines I got a couple of bottles of this riesling and am glad for it.

The nose has a nice toasty character with some lime and kerosene, characteristic of so many aged rieslings from this region.  The palate is holding up well with nice crisp acidity, sustained minerality and plenty of citrus.  Drank fantastically well with salt and pepper soft shell crab.  Will buy again, if I see it, as it's hard to beat at this price and I love aged riesling.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Pirie South Riesling

Pirie South Riesling 2013A friend of mine has been talking a lot about Tasmanian Riesling lately and I'm starting to see why.  This Riesling from Andrew Pirie in the Tamar Valley is absolutely delicious.

I gave this a swirl and right away was impressed with the flowery nose.  Almost reminded me a bit of a Sauvignon Blanc, but without any trace of passionfruit or gooseberry.  There was a great minerality to this wine with nice steely acidity that gave it great balance.  I plan on grabbing half a case of these for my new wine fridge and watching them develop over the next few years.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.brownbrothers.com.au/wines/pirie

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Great Value Aussie Whites (Under $15)

When I first arrived here in Brisbane I was excited to try many of the amazing wines I'd heard so much about. However, as I'd just packed and moved across the world, my budget was a bit tight.  Having been spoiled in Canada with excellent inexpensive wine from Chile and Argentina, I was initially disappointed in the quality of Australian white wine I was able to get sub $15. The inexpensive white wine market in Australia seems to be flooded with duds.  I had no idea where to begin.  However, now that I've had some time to poke around, I realize there are some great whites available in this very low price bracket.  I've decided to share three of my favourites here, in the hope that it might help others find some of the great value Aussie whites available.

2012 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon ($14-18)

This is a great wine from an excellent producer.  Mount Pleasant produces many fantastic semillons, at very
reasonable prices.

Smells like lemon and fresh straw, with a hint of asparagus.  Balanced palate with a good amount of citrus.

I cannot get enough of Mt. Pleasant Semillon right now.  While the 2012 Elizabeth is already a great, readily available, inexpensive option, their aged semillon is amazing and also very reasonably priced.  If you can still find the 2006 Cellar Aged Elizabeth, buy it.  Generally available for less than $25 and incredible value at this price.  Although, rumour has it the 2007 cellar release will be as good, if not better.  

2013 Jim Barry Watervale Riesling ($14-17)

Gourmet Traveller has named Tom Barry "Young Wine Maker of the Year", and I can see why.  Anyone who can produce a Riesling of this quality for this price deserves an award.

Great Riesling with lots of citrus.  Very fresh and dry, fantastic with east Asian curries, or nothing at all.

While discussing Riesling I feel it's only fair to mention that there are many more great Aussie Rieslings available for around $20. In fact, I plan on spending my summer exploring as many of them as possible.  I cannot say enough good things about aged Riesling and there are some superb deals to be snatched up at some of the major retailers right now.  

2013 Tahbilk Marsanne ($12-17)

Every time I get a bottle of of this Marsanne I'm amazed at its simple beauty and easy drinking. I've shared this with many friends who have been impressed with its great value.

The Marsanne grape originates in the Northern Rhone region of France and has found a well suited new home at the Tahbilk winery in the Nagambie Lakes region, north of Melbourne Victoria.

Wonderful stone fruit, citrus and peach on the nose.  Nice minerality and decent length.

The best part is that this ages really well, and you can buy vintage Tahbilk Marsannes at a pittance.  Some are available at major retailers (I've recently found the 2008 for $18), but I reckon the best bet is to check out their website below and join the club. I've seen packages containing multiple vintages available at great prices.