A tremendous, sweet Riesling, unctuous but not cloying. Smells like ripe green apples; tastes like petrol at palate entry, but melts seamlessly into honey, floral and sweet chalk flavors. Winemaker Stephanie Toole says that it “actually goes with desserts…it doesn’t fight with them.” Amen, sister.
As beautiful as it ever is. Minerally, nectarine and peach aromas lead to honey, apricot and chalk on the palate. Balanced, with good acidity, it finishes clean, with a lasting, minerally close.
The grapes are partially severed from the vine, then left to dry prior to harvest. The result is a medium-bodied dessert wine that has become an Australian classic, with intense pineapple and citrus flavors that echo through the long, balanced finish. Imported by USA Wine West.
The aromas are tremendous—trading-card powder, fresh river water, even some earth. Sweet dustiness sticks around on the palate, where there’s also some delicate white stone fruit. Finishes very clean, with citrus and peach pit. At once feminine and powerful, it’s a suprisingly nimble wine, considering the vintage.
Wide black plum fruit sprawls out on the palate; Clare’s signature chalky-limestoney mouthfeel is in full effect here. There’s a ribbon of rusticity–tobacco, peanut shells, or something–running throughout. Nose is an unusual mix of granola, blueberry and blackberry. As lush as it sounds, don’t forget, it’s from Clare, and bears scant resemblance to a Barossa bruiser.
Zippy and fresh in the mouth, well balanced, with eye-opening fresh green herb and lemon peel flavors. The same green herb, plus some petrol, shows on the nose. A gravelly, minerally finish brings it to a dry close.
This vintage feels just slightly clumsy and big compared to the wine’s usual performance, but it’s still pretty good. Aromas and flavors of peach, white grape and nectarine are lightly dusted in chalk; finishes with a slight scouring spritz. Imported by USA Wine West.
Smells ripe, with scents of honey, baked apples and spice, but also a refreshing lime zest top note. It’s medium-bodied, with flavors that mirror the aromas, with the lime intensifying on the fresh, minerally finish. Imported by USA Wine West.