2018 Patina ‘Sticky Tea’ Riesling

I’m not sure what you would call this but, what I am about to tell you is bizarre, spooky even.  Firstly, a confession, ‘sticky’ wines are not my ‘thing’. So, when I received this, I have to admit to not being sure how to approach it.  Conversely, I have a mate who is a big fan.  I contacted him and told him I had a wine for him to try and suggested he buy a cheese to have with it.  Long story short, when I arrived at his home, he had purchased a terrific blue cheese, not knowing what the wine was, however a perfect accompaniment to this wine. I’m not sure what you would call this ‘occurrence’ but clearly the stars aligned for the perfect wine/cheese combination.

This was nothing like I expected.  It’s like a sticky tea and quite light, refreshing and delicious as opposed to similar wines that tend to be cloyingly sweet and a bit heavy on the palate (don’t get me wrong, wines like this have their place). There’s an abundance of flavours making it quite complex, not confusing, meaning it has you excited about what they are. It has lovely texture and balance too. There are delicate citrus characters that are in tune with, not dominating, the sweet side to this wine and it all finishes lovely and clean.  A very pleasant surprise and it has changed my view about this style of wine.

Patina Wines Website

Region: Orange, NSW     Price: $25     Source: Sample courtesy of Patina Wines and Define Wine

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