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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Matriarch & Rogue Rex Wild Riesling 2017

Seems appropriate that in the last throes of Summer there's still a bit of Riesling action happening. And boy what what a Riesling it is, Clare Valley Riesling on steroids. The lime is strong in this one: citrus, green apple a-plenty.

Marnie Roberts: Chief Winemaker at Claymore Wines by day, and by night is behind Matriarch & Rogue, so named after her Grandmother, and the rogues she and her Sisters married!

This has shape and a little texture. It’s not your regular "linear Larry”, having spread and line; the acidity is a veritable explosion, the way it blooms in the mouth and makes its way through the palate with a sense of urgency. 

Made to deliberately showcase how winemaking influences a variety such as Riesling. Typically made in stainless still, as per the “linear Larry” reference, yet here old oak and use of full solids have been adroitly used to give the wine the shape and texture, not sacrificing acidity.

Good length to finish off a multi-faceted wine. 93

Tasted on: Monday 26th February, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap

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[This post was updated at 20:40 on 28/02/2018 with an updated bottle image]


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