Wakefield, Jaraman, Riesling, Clare Valley-Eden Valley, South Australia, 2007
This wine: varietal riesling sourced from Clare and Eden Valleys, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, Fareham Wine Cellar, £17.25 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: an assertive nose dominated by lime edged with struck match, along with dried citrus and lemon zest; medium bodied with a low-key grip, with a palate of lime, struck match and lemon marmalade. A long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of fresh lime juice, bees-wax, touch of struck match (I can see that some might conflate lime + bees-wax + struck match to equate to petrol, but I think it more useful, and less off-putting to a consumer, to break it down), lemon zest, dried lemon peel.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of lime juice, low-key struck match, grapefruit pith, lime marmalade imparting a seemingly sweet note. A long length with a clean limey finish and a low-key grip with grapefruit pith on the end.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a strong nose, showing some complexity, from time in neutral wood and/or pre-fermentation maceration on the skins, and in bottle, with tertiary dried citrus notes, along with persistent low-key struck match which adds another dimension, decent concentration, follows into a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, has potential for further ageing – a sound structure, good intensity and indicative length, may develop honeyed notes with another 2-3 years cellaring.