Our Top 5 Rieslings to Enjoy This Summer!
Last year about this time I was extolling the virtues of the current Clonakilla Riesling release (2017) mentioning how it was way out in front of all the other Rieslings I was drinking over Summer.
Once again 2018 Riesling is all about Murrumbateman.
I had the opportunity to taste 155 Rieslings yesterday and the top 2 Rieslings were from Murrumbateman and number 4 came from just slightly North of Murrumbateman.
The lesson today is if you are going to drink Riesling this year, make sure you try Murrumbateman Riesling!
#1 Helm Classic Dry Riesling $33
First things first, the wine on show yesterday was the 2017 vintage and it is a perfect example of why Ken Helm is a Master of Riesling. I got a look at the 2018 vintage at the winery back in August, and it was brilliant then. If the 2017 tasted yesterday is anything to go by then the 2018 will be phenomenal. The nose is powerful, citrus and blossom leading into crunchy green apples and a clear path of lime through the middle. No searing acid, this is a dry wine that it is all about the fruit. Soft textures clean the palate but this was the best wine in show yesterday.
#2 Mada Riesling 2018 $30
Unsurprisingly #2 is by a winemaker (Hamish Young - Young Gun of Wine Finalist) who has worked closely with Ken Helm. Similar in style but different wines, the Mada Riesling is gorgeous and head turning at the same time. Pure in style there are some lovely textures across the palate, with some zesty lime and lemon flavours to the fore. Right when you think its all over something mildly exotic and unidentifiably spicy appears to the back of the palate. This is a head turner.
#3 Artemis Riesling 2018 $22
This is beautiful. The Southern Highlands have popped up on the wine radar and have a lot to thank Artemis for. This is great wine, I am not sure you will get Riesling this good anywhere else at this price point. The nose offers limes, kiwi fruit, lemon peel and some melon notes. The palate is a repeat of the nose, with a dry powdery textural finish. There is no acid showing just texture and fruit. Beautiful and easy drinking...it does not need food you can just enjoy this as a drink.
#4 Nick O'Leary Riesling 2018 $25
From Bungendore near Murrumbateman, again these wines show incredible structure and flavour without evidence of searing acidity. Fruit is the reason for this wine and it shows in spades. The nose offers white flowers, orange and apple blossom against lime cordial. The palate is slightly crunchy, generous and textured. Lime and green apples show through. If acid does make an appearance it is in a slightly powdery form. This is a pristine fruit driven dry wine. If you love riesling then you should love this wine.
#5 Adelina Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2018 $25
Finally a Riesling from Clare, this is not a comment on South Australian Riesling but the Murrubateman/NSW Rieslings just stood out ahead of the others. The 2018 Adelina Rieslings are more powerful than the 2017 vintage and the Watervale Riesling shows this.The nose is more aromatic and perfumed, you can sense the minerality and there is a hint of chalk on the nose. The texture on the palate is ever so slightly powdery and this belnds beautifully with the line of clean lime juice down the middle. There is a lot of length to this wine and it finishes beautifully. Definitely one to have in the cupboard.