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Thursday 1 November 2012

Matison Wines Riesling 2011

I don't tend to see that much Riesling from Orange, but when I do I am generally impressed.  Notwithstanding the grape's perennial role as the underdog, beloved of Sommeliers and those in the trade, yet seemingly a struggle to shift off shelves, I think Riesling could be the regions stand-out white variety - certainly a more worthy grape than the Sauvignon Blanc the region chose to adopt.

So, to this example from a bottle-stroker (Gourmet Wine Somm of the year 2008 Simon Curkovic, ex- Catalina Rose Bay) turned grape-treader, and an avid consumer of Burgundy.

Pure, fresh, beautifully intoxicating.  Carries the unmistakeable Riesling freshness: fresh cut apple, lime, lemon sorbet, blossom.  A complex mix of aromas, unmistakeably Riesling.

In the mouth, the acid pops up at the front, early on - yet spreading rapidly filling the cavity.  Intense pithy lemon, textural - hints of mineral and waxy apple; and my goodness what length - the Rizza's rapier length cutting a swathe through the palate,  delivering its citrus intensity to a gentle fading conclusion.  This wine delivered for days, an admirable effort.  91/ 92 - Very Good

Tasted on: Thursday 25th October, a Flower Day.
Source: Gift
Price: $ 25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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