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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Stefano Lubiana Black Label Riesling 2012

Tasmania, the new frontier in cool climate grape growing and wine production. Or, if you're Steve Lubiana, where you've been growing grapes since 1991.

A Cellar Door only release, 100% barrel fermented - an important point in understanding a little about the texture of the wine - produced from grapes that are biodynamically farmed.

Captivating aromatics of florals, candied citrus, grapefruit and a suggestion of talcum. Part of its charm lies in its unyielding nature, it carries all these aromas without slapping you around the head with them. It has plenty to give, and does so in a gentle manner.

Again, the palate shows a wine of poise, exquisite balance; width and weight, sweetness pitched against the inherent acidic nature of Riesling with the cool climate factor added in. Citrus fresh against savoury lees character - it spends six months on lees - and chalky dryness. Simply superb. 93

Tasted on: Friday 14th March, a Leaf transitioning to Fruit Day 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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