What an absolute delight this riesling is to smell, swirl, sniff, taste and drink. It’s Tasmanian with an expressive, bold, fresh and downright delicious capital T. The legendary winemaker Louisa Rose has crafted this little gem but, from all accounts, didn’t have to do too much with the quality fruit when it came into the winery thanks to an excellent vintage.
Pale straw colour in the glass and it seemed to smile at me…seriously! It may well have been the light reflecting off it as it sat on the table, but that’s what it looked like to me and I have to admit, I had a little smile back at it.
The aromas are so intense it had me wondering if I had smelt it or just taken a sip! It’s lemony for sure on the nose but there’s other citrusy characters having a bit of a say too. Similar characters on the palate with some pleasant grapefruit notes chiming in. There’s some nice texture before it finishes long with what I think is a lip-smacking grapefruity/citrusy tang. Everything is in its place already with this wine but feel free to tuck some away.
Region: Coal River Valley, Tasmania Price: $30 Source: A generous mate