[Lidl] Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2017
This wine: lot No. L0585P1 (on back label), varietal riesling, screw cap closure, 11% abv, Lidl, £6.99 (10/19)
Consumer tasting note: I bought this out of interest, a couple of days after it was shown at a group tasting, where I found the nose dominated by floor polish – something I find on some very old riesling, so quite out of place in a 2 year old wine. But, this example is typical of a young riesling, with notes of citrus, lime and apple, with a richer hint at stone fruit, suggestive of a warmer climate. Fresh with a medium body and length.
Drink now – RTD, and will hold for 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of lemon pith edged with lime, the lime becoming more dominant with time, a touch spicy, a distant hint of confected white stone fruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very low key grip, with flavours of white peach edged with richer apricot, grapefruit flesh, an edge of dessert apple. A medium length with a finish of apple-stone fruit and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, a fine balance of fresh acidity with modest alcohol, altogether suiting the decent flavour profile and lesser concentration; showing some youthful complexity, with a moderate length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound balance and structure, but lacking qualities across the board, to suggest improvement with time – a wine made for consumption over the short term.