Tuesday, July 08, 2008

2007 Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling

Just a few more days of inactivity on this site and I will end up in Ed's list of Absent Friends, so it is appropriate that I start my comeback with an Aussie wine - an unexpected surprise in the "oh, what the heck" category.

An enduring curiousity about Aussie riesling (Ed's fault) led me to experiment with the 2007 Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling (Adelaide). A very pretty, complex and evolving nose: all floral and peachy at first, later showing green apples, fresh cut grass, papaya, fresh limes - even some late-arriving honeyed-petrol notes. Dry, crisp, steely and minerally, a touch awkward at first but later sorted itself out quite nicely and may have showed better if not paired with sausages - something fishy would have been nicer. 
Screwtop 11.5% alcohol
Score: 17/20
Price: C$19.95 (LCBO)

Riesling has been a dominant theme on this site for the past few months, and there's gonna be a LOT more....

And yes, I am still drinking, still writing, but just a little slow with the "publishing" part ... will catch up soon, cheers!


Barry said...

About time you returned..I was getting fed up of drinking that Barbera every day

Edward said...

Yes, about time!

The last gold label rieslings I tried were probably around 2001/2. I think it is a wine to drink early, while still floral and tart.

Joe said...

Barry, you COULD drink that Barbera every day - it would be good for you, clear some of that spatburgunder out of your system.

Ed, the aging thing was more "thinking out loud" - until recently I have not been aging whites, but I am now dedicating more cellar space to some whites that strike me as ageworthy - we'll see in a few years if I was right.