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Friday, 23 September 2011

Plunkett Fowles Stone Dwellers Museum Release Riesling 2004

A 27 degree weekend, and a lack of Riesling in the fridge, prompted a visit to my local bottle store - a good independent that often stocks some liquid curios.

"The Strathbogie Ranges are inland, cool and elevated and are characterised by ancient granite boulders. The soil in the Strathbogie Ranges is typically sandy clay loam overlying orange clays of varying depths. The mean January temperature is 19.15c and the average annual rainfall in our family vineyards is 700 mm (28 inches)." 

At 3.5 g/L RS a good dry Riesling.  Upon opening a clear honeyed nose presented itself to the fore, with some accompanying citrus and a hint of background kero, as befits the age.  Released as a 5 year old in 2009, two years around the traps shows a wine still quite fresh on the palate.  Entry shows some light citrus, tropicals - cumquat, lychee - along with a touch of mineral.  

The finish is quite raspy, by that it's meant a a feint gingery note. Length moderate.  Beyond the encouraging aroma, I wasn't entirely enamoured with this wine.  I certainly wouldn't think it will improve any further, drinkers may derive some pleasure for a year or two at best. 

Source: Retail, Spiros Toowong
Price: $27
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Website: www.plunkettfowles.com.au

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