Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2013
Screw top closure, 12.4%, £10, the Co-op.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, youthful, with a dominant opening aroma of rich warm lime, then ripe white grapefruit, cut green cooking apple, and a warm tropical/stone fruit note.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, with a low-level residual gummy grip, medium alcohol, medium (-) body with a moderate oily texture, with medium (+) intensity flavours of warm citrus – lime, bergamot oil, lemon pith and grapefruit, and hints of unripe stone fruit. The length is long with a crisp clean finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with moderately complex citrussy and orchard fruit aromas; well structured with fresh acidity balanced by alcohol and glycerol, which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour. There is a residual grip, with a fresh clean finish. The wine certainly has acidity and fruit to keep and evolve for perhaps 3-6 years.