Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Mad Men of Riesling 'Devolution' 2012

My photo doesn't do the gorgeous onion skin-meets-bronzing-ball-application colour of the wine. Considered an 'orange' or extended skin contact wine, additional time on 'skins' imparts this lovely hue to the wine.

Gentle hints of citrus with bruised apple character, hints of stonefruit and pear. I thought I spotted some gentle spritz on entry, but I'd say it's more of an assertive mineral, nigh metallic, quality. Great texture from that extra time on skins, a lovely width across the palate.  

Feels lively, vibrant, with plenty of nervous energy in the mouth. Slight cidery aspect to the wine - a positive - damn interesting, different.

Deliciously dry, phenolics very evident, generous length too. Length, not in Rieslings rapier like manner, it's there - present, rather than focal.  91 - Very Good

Tasted on: Wednesday 2nd January, a Fruit Day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Crown Seal
Website: http://www.xabregas.com.au/

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