A couple of new release rieslings from Riversdale Estate Tasmania and Lowe Nullo Mountain

Is there a better value wine than Australian riesling?  High quality Australian riesling is not limited to the Clare Valley, Eden Valley and Great Southern either.  Tasmanian riesling in particular continues to impress, even though in 2015 it accounted for a tiny 7% of that State’s crush and only 1.6% Australia wide.  Here are some notes on a couple of good ones.

Riversdale Estate ‘Cygnus’ Riesling 2013, Coal River Tasmania
This is a delicious example of Tasmanian cool climate riesling from Riversdale Estate.  The grapes for this wine are estate grown in the Coal River Valley outside of Hobart, in a low rainfall site which receives ~350mm during the growing season.  In the glass, there are chiselled lemon and lime aromatics, coupled with florals reminding of gardenias.  The palate is fresh and crisp, balancing its core flavours of lemon and lime.  A very good release from a good riesling vintage.

Rating: Very Good

Lowe Nullo Mountain Riesling 2013
I love the story of this vineyard.  Technically zoned Mudgee, the vineyard is situated at 1,100 metres, receives 1,000mm of rain each year and sits on volcanic soils.  It’s just been certified organic and biodynamic too.  I wonder whether that might be a challenge to maintain at this level of rainfall?  The 2013 vintage has very cool climate aromatics of green apple, lime rind and lime juice.  The palate is resolutely dry, with high acid, mid range length and good balance.

Rating: Very Good

Source: sample

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