Intense and perfumed on the nose, with lime fruit framed by gardenia like floral notes; a suggestion of sweet vanilla and orange cream. Intense with super vibrant acids supporting really pretty ripe peach, lemon and green apple fruit that has a faintly candied edge. There's a little sugar here, but the intense acidity deftly whacks it to the ground and kicks it while it's down. The finish is all blazing citrus fruit riding a lightning bolt across a dry stony riverbed before smashing into a fruit basket filled with pears, apricots and tangerines topped with a hint of sweet spearmint. Maybe not the most complex Riesling out there but certainly one of the most fun. Shazaam! 93pts
Quite perfumed on the nose, with aromas of apple blossoms, dry tree bark, quince and limes.
While painfully young, this shows great cut in the mouth with a nice edge of richness, though it remains medium to light bodied. There's a lovely rush of sour apple, lime and raw quince flavors on the palate, with gentle floral accents and a hint of spice emerging on the back end. This finishes with exceptional length and brightness, and a faint hint of bitterness that serves as contrast to the deep fruit. A lot of depth here and excellent potential for development. This rocks. 92pts
2012 Jim Barry Riesling The Lodge Dry Riesling Clare Valley 12% $20
Tight and earthy on the nose, with early notes of lilacs followed by minty top notes over guava and melon aromas. This is powerful yet at the same time remains subtle. Flows across the palate; elegant and pure with lovely racy citrus flavors that hint of tropical fruits. The acidity is very strong yet superbly integrated within the rich fruit and yet this remains medium bodied in the mouth. You get a sense of dry extract and power here, but the wine never loses its poise, delivering melon, apple and papaya flavors on the long finish that ends with a salty twang of minerality and lip smacking acids. This is quite young, with excellent potential. 92pts
Dusty on the nose with faint hints of waxy apricot fruit over citrus and apple aromas. A lovely blend of sweetness and vibrant acidity pops on entry, delivering peach fruit drenched in lime flavors and edged with a nice mineral cut. Perhaps just a bit sweet for Kabinett, but it’s lovely with energy in the mouth and lovely flashes of sweet orange on the back end that drift over the focused, sweet/tart finish with nice dusty slate notes. Lovely wine. 92pts
This is lovely on the nose, deep and focused, drawing you into the glass with faintly dusty slate and spice aromas framing the core of melon rind and lemon pith fruit. This is just so tense on the palate, with vibrant acids just covered by a veneer of sweetness. The fruit is ripe and fresh, citrusy with green apple peel accents, but it competes with the strong mineral quality here which scrapes slate across the tongue and onto the long, sweet apple and faintly apricot-tinged yet mineral-dominated finish. This is exciting in the mouth. 91pts
This has an arresting note of sweet jasmine-laced lemon preserves on the nose that gains nuanced orange, peach and pineapple complexity with air. Just lovely. Pretty sweet in the mouth, this is rich and powerful with an explosion of apricot and peach on entry that is followed by tropical orange and pineapple flavors that finish with nearly candied sweetness and honey flavors. I shouldn't like this, I should think that this is too sweet, and if I drank much more I would think that, but in small doses this is delicious. A bit of a fruit bomb but with shadings of mineral and herb adding complexity. The finish is a touch short if one has to nitpick. 90pts