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WINE TASTING REVIEW
"My bracket was surprisingly good. A reminder
that Riesling is delicious at any price point. My
only criticism here is some slightly dull, acid
shaped and honed wines that will live, but lack
a little flavour. Great to see so many well priced
standouts. The 2016 St Helga Riesling was a
standout, a lovely simple fresh style with classic
flavours. The 2016 Brokenwood Four Winds
Vineyard Riesling was another standout."
- Andrew Graham, Cracka Wines
"Most of the wines were technically well made
with high acid, citrus fruits, bone dry, well-
rounded and balanced. My standouts were the
2013 Cave de Ribeauille Collection Prestige which
showed more complexity on the nose, the 2014
Scotchmans Hill Riesling was a zippy, gorgeous
example of Riesling and the 2015 Tamburlaine
Reserve Riesling was well-balanced and clean."
- Cassandra MacDonald, eBev
"I have never seen such a mix of scores in a
Riesling bracket. There were some amazingly
great Rieslings and some seriously faulty wines.
There is a market for aged Riesling and the
wineries who do it well deserve all of the sales
coming their way. The De Bortoli A7 Riesling is a
sensational Riesling with a funky little soul."
- Daryl Fisher, Fisher Fine Wines
"I found the Riesling category to be one that varies
greatly. I was surprised by my preference for
Australian over traditional German styles and Central
Otago Riesling. I think Australian Rieslings are a
strong contender in the worldwide market with newer,
dry styles being the front runner in style preference."
- Tiffany Gardoll, Fisher Fine Wines
"A mixed bracket encompassing a range of styles
and vintages. A few faulty wines and many lacking
complexity. The best wines have appropriate use
of acidity, be it for a dry powerful style or delicate
- Renee Foster, Moppity Vineyards
"I tasted lots of aromatic, tight, citrus lemon and
lime wines. Most had good palate weight richness
and intensity. Most wines tended to be quite
lean, tight and citrus driven with fruit/floral driven
styles taking a back seat. The Harewood Estate
Porongurup had a lovely aromatic fruit driven
nose with good palate intensity and citrus. The De
Bortoli Section A7 was slightly off dry with a really
creamy round mouthfeel."
- India Munari, Pernod Ricard
"My bracket was interesting and varied. The
best wines found balance between technical
excellence and character expression. There were
a few standouts in my bracket including the 2016
Logan Weemala Riesling, the 2016 Harewood
Estate Denmark Riesling, the 2015 Johner Estate
Wairarapa Riesling, 2011 Pewsey Vale The
Contours Riesling and the 2015 Bergdolt-Reif &
Nett Duttweiler Riesling."
- Matt Polin, Polin & Polin
A range of regions, from Australian favourites of
Eden and Clare, to Germany and New Zealand.
Overall I went for good weight on the palate with
a healthy dose of zest and long finishes. Wines
either focused on a delicate floral style or built
palate weight with a luscious mouthfeel with crisp,
clean and mineral, slightly sweeter styles."
- Michelle Geber, Château Tanunda
"An interesting bracket, you could see many of
the current vintage Rieslings were made to age,
which I admire. Some of these wines lacked
approachability but you might want to revisit
these wines in five to 10 years. Many of the
wines lacked the typical lemon and lime varietal
characters reflecting the many different regions.
Riesling is one of my favourite categories but I
would have liked more fruit driven approachable
styles. Some standouts included Henry Frost,
Parish Vineyard and Ashton Hills."
- Nick Yap, Australian Vintage Limited
"The wines were consistently varietal. It was nice
to see wines that were developed but still youthful.
With few exceptions the wines were bone dry
showing that producers are listening to the market
even at the more value focused end of the flight."
- Phil Egan, d'Vine Cellars
"A really fascinating array of styles. Very few faulty
or undrinkable wines, but only a handful that
really stood out from the crowd. Most were fresh
and delicious -- consumers are on safe ground
when buying Riesling, they can't go wrong.
Wines from Katnook Estate, Harewood Estate,
Brokenwood and Ferngrove stood out to me."
- Salvatore Margiotta, Delegat Australia
"The style of Riesling can change so much
depending on the winemaker's idea of style and
the region it is grown in. Generally the wines were
very good although there were outliers that were
either overly sweet or so sour they puckered your
mouth. I noticed a trend towards skin contact and
lees stirring leading to more interesting wines."
- Tom Lynar, Fine Wine Partners
THE RIESLING TASTING
THE RIESLING TASTING WAS A FAVOURITE FOR THE PANEL WITH SOME EXCITING WINES COMING
FROM ALL PRICE POINTS. IT WAS A MIXED BAG BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING TO PLEASE EVERYBODY.
READ ON TO FIND OUT WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY.
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