Riesling resurgence a very welcome return

I SHOULDN'T really say that riesling is in resurgence as it never really went away. Those in the know, know. Grown in almost every wine region of Australia it can range from dry with teeth-aching acidity to a full palate rounded by residual sugar to super sweet and dessert styles. The wines below are from the good 2016 vintage and $25 or less.

Bailey Wine Co, Watervale, SA, 2016

Tim Bailey is a winemaker for some well-known Coonawarra labels, but his first eponymous release sourced from the Bryksy vineyard in the Clare Valley, six hours away. Chalky, lime dominant nose with some sea spray and light floral notes. The wine is fermented dry yet oozes personality when so many young Clare Valley wines can be austere. Think wet slate, lemon and lime fruit pips before an almost dry saline finish. Texture plus. Available at baileywineco.com

 

RATING: 9/10

RRP: $25

ALC: 11%

Claymore Wines, Joshua Tree, Watervale, SA, 2016

Claymore's unique labelling means their wines are named after great rock albums. This has a full lime spectrum: soapy bath lime bombs, kaffir lime leaves, barbecue lime halves capped with talc and a flower blossom edge. Solid palate (yet reined in tight and refreshingly dry) brings lines of light lime juice, grapefruit and just crisp apple before puckering acidity. Would be an ideal food match for a dry jungle curry. Very good value. Available at claymorewines.com.au and good retailers

 

RATING: 8.5/10

RRP: $20

ALC: 12.3%

 

Danny Menzel

West Cape Howe, Mount Barker, WA, 2016

West Cape Howe continues to surprise and delight with its offerings from the Great Southern region. Soft aromas of jasmine, lime sorbet and sherbet with a tiny amount of fly-spray (not a bad thing, just a smell). Palate sees lemon/lime dominance, white quartz rocks, tart green apple slices and zingy acidity. Worth seeking out. Available at westcapehowe.com.au and good retailers

 

RATING: 8.5/10

RRP: $22

ALC: 12.2%

 

Jay Heifetz

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