- Reply by GregT, Jul 28, 2013.
Australia does some great whites period, whether or not they're "Rhone". Particularly, in my estimation, Riesling and Semillon, but also Chardonnay.
Eldridge North Patch Chardonnay from Mornington Peninsula, nice body, some notes of pear, not as lemony as some, clean, long finish with a slightly bitter close.
De Luliis Semillon from Hunter Valley - unusualy for a Semillon in that it doesn't have the grassiness of some, lots of citrus, very tart all the way through the finish.
St Hallett Poacher's Blend is a combo of Semillon, Sauv Blanc and Riesling - a bit grassy but mercifully without the grapefruit juice aspect of much Sauv Blanc, unwooded as far as I know, fruity but bone-dry, crisp and delicious and an example of Australian strength - they're willing to do blends like these instead of monovarietal bottlings.
Then the great Peter Lehmann Layers - a blend of Muscat, Semillon, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay - one of the more unusual blends I've ever had, slightly bitter and somehow has cheesy notes? Weird wine but give them some credit for effort.
From Tasmania, probably the coolest region in Australia, Glaetzer-Dixon Uberblanc Riesling - another of the more different wines I've had from Australia, even with a slight fizz? Or maybe it was just the acid? It's been a while and I'm not sure. But good anyway.
- Reply by zufrieden, Jul 28, 2013.
I agree... for what it may (or may not be worth). The Australians have the climate, the knowledge, the experience and the verve to produce almost anything they set their minds to. The proof is in the variety; there is the cool climate variety of Riesling which, if one were pressed, might not expect the wonder of products from the desiccated regions of South Australia e. g. So, like most else, human intervention is the key.
- Reply by Terence Pang, Jul 29, 2013.
I'll second you on the De Iuliis wines. The 2012 whites are looking very smart indeed, and all for under AUD$20. They produce a Chardonnay Pinot Noir sparkling wine for $25, a very nice drop. I'm a fan of the Peter Lehmann Layers too, if someone claims whites are boring, this is one wine which might make them change their minds.
My biggest gripe with Tassie wines is that, IMO, they are massively over priced. Few high the right notes for me within the affordable price range. But make no mistake, quality is certainly there. I'll probably have more to report on this after the Tasmania tasting I'm doing next week.
- Reply by GregT, Jul 29, 2013.
You're doing a Tasmania tasting? Cool. I would be very interested.
I guess I understand their pricing. Maybe not in Australia, but in the US. It's an out of the way place to ship from. Not helped by the current exchange rate of the Australian vs US dollars. That's got to be killing some of those winemakers.