2018 XO Wine Co Games Night Riesling

While mother nature may be inflicting the cruelty of the cold upon us, she also seems to be trying to be kind with some gloriously sunny days.  It doesn’t quite take the chill off the outside air but let it into your lounge room, living areas and kitchen (or all three if, like us, you have open plan living) and it creates a comfortable warmth that’s complemented by whatever style of heating you have.

It was such a day when I opened this Riesling so I deliberately didn’t let this wine get too cold.  I think it barely reached 13 degrees outside but there was hardly a cloud in the sky and the sun’s rays provided a perfect feeling of warmth on my neck and back as they quietly, yet so invitingly, entered our home.  It was an ideal setting to allow this Adelaide Hills example show its best…and it did, even though it is barely out of tank.

Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and hand bottled, this is a lively bugger in every way and I don’t blame you for thinking that should be the case for such a young wine.  It seems to burst out of the glass like a jack-in-the-box holding a bunch of flowers and a bowl of lemons and limes.  It’s a mouth-watering beginning.

Citrus is definitely the focal point on the palate and I don’t know if it’s possible but it tastes clean and fresh.  There is some good palate weight, a bit of texture as well yet the finish is sprightly and vivacious.  It certainly has some personality and will make friends easily.

XO Wine Co. Website

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA     Price: $24     Source: Sample

Bottle photography as refined as your wine by CSP Creative


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