McNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

I find myself increasingly biased in favour of riesling, as I don’t recall the last time I had a poor one, many seem to age and improve effortlessly and the Australian paradigms are very keenly priced for the quality in the bottle.

This is an interesting riesling from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley (no relation), released at 9 years of age.  While I had to look twice at the bottle, this is a pleasing development as it removes the hard part of waiting 9 or so years for the wine to show its best, although it is not without cost for the winery.  And happily, the wine is showing lovely development, with aromas of toast, lemon and hints of honey.  The palate has good length and there is a lovely balance to this Clare riesling.  I would suggest this wine is ready to drink now, and will reward your interest. (Alc: 14%, Region: Clare Valley, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2022, Tasted: July, 2017, Source: Sample)

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