The 16th release of the riesling tour de force by riesling royalty: Jeffrey Grosset and Robert Hill Smith.
mesh, Riesling, Eden Valley, 2018
Vegan friendly. Delicate lime flesh with wheat kernel, hints of talcy musk and light vanilla pod. Refined, focused, linear. A sub-plot with green apple juice like acidity that is impeccably balanced. Light talc texture to finish. Suggestions of all things and nothing at once. Class.
Don’t walk under ladders or break any mirrors. The 20th release of the wine…a solid history.
Claymore Wines, Superstition, Reserve Riesling, Clare Valley, 2018
Light fennel frond, white rocks and lime leaf + skin and a soothing caramel note. Serious riesling: a sense of depth and power juxtaposed with lightness. Excellent persistence and length of flavor. Mineral and textural finish with an almost earthen, campfire ash undertone. Layered and built for a long haul.
Shaw Vineyard Estate reckon they’ve sold out, but if you look about, you might be able to find it.
Shaw Vineyard Estate, Riesling, Canberra, 2018
Mid line on the dry IRF section. Sweeter nose with light tropical, lychee and pineapple pieces along with lime and some TDN/plastic/air freshener and wet sand aromas. A little rounding through the palate thanks to a few drops of RS (residual sugar) before green apple and puckering lime juice. Feels a little raw and lacking focus.
Shiraz is King in the Hunter. From the north west Broke Fordwich sub region of the Hunter Valley.
Glenguin Estate, Stonybroke, Shiraz, 2016
20% Whole bunch. French oak for 14 months. Sumptuous nose: stewing plums off set well by light clove spice and backed by blackberry, raspberry, ganache and toffee apple polish. Smoothly knitted tannins that threaten to burst but still allow some give. New wave but definitely has the savoury, dark fruit underbelly of its roots. Holds its gaze steady without blinking to a juicy finish.
Organic vineyard practices. 4 months on lees. Offers nutty complexity from the lees work. Gives a creamier expression than most young Hunter Sems. Light tropical notes, lime skin, baked lemon and native blossoms. Yeasty, savoury, smoky undertones to pure, clean lemon/lime fruit, hightlighted by yellow tropicals. Finishing dry and a little grippy.
Sourced “from mostly older and well-established Riesling vines in the heart of the Clare Valley. Just to the north-west of the township.” Exclusively for the Fourth Wave Wine team, made by the talented Corey Ryan
Take It To The Grave, Riesling, Clare Valley, 2018
Aromatic nose: Lemon drop, lime sorbet and cordial with steely fly spray and a hint of brown rice tea. All the good riesling things: Green apple, lime juice and a thrust of young, vibrant acidity. There’s a fullness to the initial approach will will ensure it has no problems winning friends, but rails in tight to a very good length of flavour: like little lime pips that keep popping for some time.
Named after the gnarled old vines that continue to give up their fruit, year after year.
Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2017
Big love from the Barossa. Lashings of vanilla, sweet sweet vanilla….but tempered well with good peppery spice. Desired plummy polished goodness, but a bluestone earthy minerality. Medium-full bodied, lovely big hits of red fruit with a wink of herbed spice and savoury coda. The tannins are matt-like, fine knit with a definitive upward inflection at the end. All things in place: Like a wedding cake, all the layers are placed just so: tidy and correct.
Two Hands are Barossa born and bred, but their fruit sources in McLaren Vale provide a basis for quality labels.
Two Hands, Sexy Beast, Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2017
Aromas of wet plum with a fine spice. Hints of dark McLaren Vale raspberry, mocha sweet oak and a touch of spearmint. While it is attractive and alluring. It smells more of place than of variety, but still living up to it’s label. Smooth, supple medium to full bodied. Fine tannins that lead to a smoky finish. A polished, plush, purdy liddle thang for those that like their experiences in the silkier range.
A newly labelled flagship Orange region white from Gartelmann, named after founder Jorg’s aunt. Gold medal winner at the Orange Wine Show 2018. 10 months fermentation with lees stirred monthly. No malolactic fermentation.
Gartelmann, Lisa, Chardonnay, Orange, 2017
fragrant, lemon butter, youthful sweet oak, bittersweet pineapple core and grapefruit citrus. baked light jersey caramel and dried fig, ricgness through the lees work: A medium weighted tome, that reveals itself page by page with regional acidity that stings.
Singlefile Wines. Frankland River. Great Southern. Single Vineyard.
Singlefile, Riversdale Vineyard, Shiraz, Frankland River, 2017
A return to form, as per the 2015. Deep black/blue plum, woody and exotic spice. Throw some meaty wet wool and earthy baked rhubarb stalk and a savoury, slick, polished extra stoniness. The slickness continues through the palate. Giving a polished performance, there’s a shiny dark obsidian mineral edge that balances the tarry fruit with a briny spicy finish and grainy tannins. Needs solid glassware and venison.