Tamar Ridge, Limited Release, Dessert Wine, Riesling, Tasmania, Australia, 2012
This wine: varietal riesling, screw cap closure, 7.5% abv, 375 ml, Vintage Wines, £18.90 (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rich nose of exotic fruit, dark marmalade, dried citrus and honeyed lime; sweet, full-bodied, with balancing acidity, with a mouth full of pineapple, mango, dark marmalade and tinned yellow peach. Finishes very long. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of baked honeyed lime with petrolly nuances, thick dark marmalade, dried citrus rind, over-ripe pineapple, mango, warm tinned yellow peach.
Palate: sweet, medium acidity, low alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a velvety lightly viscous texture and a very low-key grip, with flavours of honeyed over-ripe pineapple, thick orange marmalade, mango, over-ripe peach. A long length (~23s) with an almost perfectly clean palate exotic fruit finish.
Quality: very good, just enough acidity to balance the residual sugar (a touch more acidity would have been perfect), leaving an almost perfectly clean palate on spitting; showing moderate complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a touch of honeyed botrytis on a backbone of citrus and exotic fruits, with strong intensity and concentration following into a very long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, fully developed, but will keep for up to 5 years – a sound structure, lacking a little acidity, but with bucket loads of intensity, concentration and length.