Australian Riesling and a fair maiden Nebbiolo rosé

Australian Riesling

Petaluma’s Andrew Hardy

This sweltering week has most definitely been one for a G & T or wine lovers’ equivalent – classic dry Australian Riesling.  I wrote up over 50 highlights from Melbourne’s Riesling Riot here earlier this year.  Below you’ll find three extra recommendations, together with another summer quaffer, this one also for the dry of tooth – Petaluma’s Dry Nebbiolo rosé. 

Jim Barry The Florita Clare Valley Riesling 2015 (Clare Valley, South Australia)

In my Melbourne Riesling Riot notes I wrote up the latest release from 2017.  I tasted the 2015 last week – it’s the current UK release.  The Florita 2015 showcases Watervale’s flamboyant aromatics to a tee – very enticing.  In the mouth concentrated, rapier-like lime, with G & T punchy (and persistent) mineral acidity holds sway.  Mouthwatering, focused and long.  Delicious now, but will keep for a decade plus.  £27.71 at Corking Wines 

St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2016 (Eden Valley, South Australia)

Australian Riesling

St Hallett’s Toby Barlow

An aromatic, succulent, textural Riesling with turkish delight/rose petal lift, pure, juicy lychee and jangling citrus and mineral interplay to the finish.  Winemaker Toby Barlow told me that the fruit comes from three vineyards and this wine spends time on lees.  It’s a dry but friendly Riesling – very gluggable but with nice detail too.  12.5%

Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2016 (Clare Valley, South Australia)

I got to know Hanlin Hill very well when I worked for Oddbins.  We sold it in the fine wine stores and this single vineyard Riesling certainly ages very well.  Check out my notes on the 2010 here, which I tasted in magnum last year.  I always find this wine floral – a little musky.  In 2017, I find an atypical but intriguing dried lavender note with classic lime (ripe, with a hint of sweetness, though this wine is dry), grapefruit and chalky minerals on the palate.   Long and well structured, with some texture.  12.5%

Petaluma White Label Coonawarra Nebbiolo Dry Rosé 2017 (Coonawarra, South Australia)

The Nebbiolo was planted in 2007.  The 2017 release is, I gather, the first vintage to be made in a Provence style and is suitably pale of hue.  It has an Australian thumbprint in terms of fruit sweetness, with red berry and currant notes.  I like the delivery very much –  a long throw, with a ‘natural’ arc of flavour.  Savoury (wet cement) lees and firm acidity lend balance, interest and length.  Well played.  12.5%



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