Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Friday 25 November 2011

Peter Lehmann Classic Riesling (2010)

Barossa Valley, South Australia
11%, screwcap, around $13

Light straw in colour. With a nose of apples and white flowers. On the palate citrus notes shone through, with good line and balance. A nice match with Thai green curry. Just lacking the depth of flavour and fruit intensity for a higher score - 90.

The back label of this bottle utilised a 'Riesling Taste Profile' (pictured below). Created by the International Riesling Foundation 'to help consumers predict the taste in a particular bottle of Riesling'. To learn more about the profile click here.

The Riesling Taste Profile appears to be a useful guide to assist consumers to identify the style of Riesling that has been crafted. This Peter Lehmann Classic Riesling was marked 'medium dry', which was about right. I think its a great idea and I would love to see all Rieslings have this type of indicator on their back label.

Sunday 20 November 2011

McWiliams Mount Pleasant, Elizabeth Semillon (2010)

Hunter Valley, NSW
11.5%, screwcap, around $17

Mount Pleasant usually releases its Elizabeth Semillon with at least several years bottle age, so I was surprised to find bottles from the 2010 vintage on the shelves in early 2011. In past years they have occasionally put out early releases, which were labelled as such. This bottle simply stated on the back label that it had been crafted for early consumption.

With light colour, the bouquet emerged with scents of white flowers, apple and hints of citrus. I found the palate to be rather intriguing, with an array of citrus highlighted by floral notes. Good balance and structure - 91.  

Monday 14 November 2011

Two Hands, Brave Faces Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro (2008)

Barossa Valley, South Australia
15.3%, screwcap, about $25

Lovelly juicy red cherry on the nose. A mouth filling and full bodied palate of red berries. Finishing with pleasing acidity. Nice length - 93.