This riesling is from the Macedon Ranges, one of Australia’s colder wine regions. James Halliday describes Macedon as “a windswept and at times bitterly cool region (even in summer)” in his 2015 text entitled Varietal Wines; the region is more beautiful than this description evokes, but equally the description is accurate. So returning to the wine, it is no surprise to find a relatively austere riesling fashioned here. The 2013 vintage of Granite Hills’ riesling has aromatics that remind of stones and minerals. I don’t think I’m allowed to say mineral anymore, but minerally this wine is. The palate has expressions of lemon and lime, and is bound together by high acidity. Stern, but good. Good.
Abv: 12.5%, Price: $25, Vendors and website: http://www.granitehills.com.au, Tasted: 2015