Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

5 Top Rated Australian Riesling

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Kilikanoon Riesling Mort's Block (2009)
Comments: Lime pith, soil, a touch of Crayola and low chalky, quince fruit with a melon, floral top note. Broad and a touch fleshy on entry, this then snaps the acidity whip and it cuts through the fruit like a laser, driving right through to the lemony finish. Shows flashes of peach, tea and chalk. This has a nice amount of flesh with bright flavors supported by the blazing acidity, which keeps the finish going and going. 90pts
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2 Peter Lehmann Dry Riesling Eden Valley (2009)
Comments: This smells downright flinty on the nose with a slightly vegetal undertone to the waxy fruit aromas that are topped with a fine jammy note of raspberry and golden raspberries. Very linear in the mouth with fine acidity lending this a bright, slightly nervous mouth feel. The fruit is pure and fresh with hints of the berries found on the nose, layered over apple, pomelo and almost pineapple skin-like fruit that extends over the modest finish. I wish this was a little longer. 88pts
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3 Plantagenet Riesling Great Southern (2010)
Comments: A touch heavy on the nose with an underlay of dried herb tones and some apple blossom fruit. Spritzy on entry, this has enough acidity to keep it balanced. It does lack some height in the mouth and is rather languid on the palate, with a soft richness to the lemon cream and key lime pie flavors. The finish shows a nice edge of minerality that lifts this up a notch, along with a long, lingering apple blossom note. This may just be a touch too fat today but it does show promise on the finish. 87pts
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4 Wakefield Riesling (2010)
Comments: This has an interesting nose, a little trail mix-like with a hint of nuttiness and some suggestions of dried apricot, all tossed with freshly grated lime zest and a hint of coconut. This is fairly ripe and at the same time manages to be clear and even a little tense on the palate, with lime flavors accented with a hint of red berry fruit and slight honey and toasty nuances. This is lovely in the mouth but it’s also rather front-loaded with a lightly lemony finish that shows a hint of engaging austerity. 87pts
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5 Jacob's Creek Riesling (2010)
Comments: Dried apple peels, lime pith and light dried herbal notes come together on a rather intense if slightly sharp nose. This is dry and acid-driven on the palate, with lots of pithy citrus and dried pear skin flavors along with a hint of cantaloupe on the mid-palate, which shows the faintest hint of roundness. The finish is dry, tart and relatively short with steely acidity. 84pts
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  • 981941The Chooch Some pretty good stuff, but your missing some pretty significant names, Like Jeffrey Grosset Polish Hill, K & T and the Falcon, Two Hands The Wolf etc

  • 162603Michael at MAX In Australia 1,2,4 and 5 are wines you drink when you cant afford some thing good! We have some of the best Rieslings in the world and this lot ant them!

  • 79282gerrad of course, u cant get a lot of aussie stuff in usa..but i agree with micheal n chooch- being from west oz.; add la violetta, howard park, gilberts,galafrey, castle rock est.,plantagenet 012 (just cleaned up 3 trophies), 3drops, forest hill..and they all make reds and whites of most varieties u can name. otherwise, eden valley (henschke, pewsey vale) or clare valley (grosset, knappstein, paulett) or tasmania (bay of fires, tamar ridge, glaetzer-dixon etc.) add seppelt drumborg, leo buring leonay and anything by flavour-of-the-month par excellence- larry cherubino! keep up the good work.

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