2012 Handpicked Clare Valley Riesling

handpicked 2012-Clare-Valley-RieslingWhile I think there’s little doubt about the general quality of the 2012 vintage when it comes to Clare Valley Riesling, there’s still been more than one wine that’s missed the boat, so to speak. Once again, I think it says something about vintage generalisations and the importance of site and producer.

Sourced from 50 year-old vines in the Watervale region. It isn’t a bad wine but it doesn’t rise to any great heights. Citrus blossom, lemon over lime and plenty of bitter pithy grip – so much so that it curtails the chalky, dry finish. Acid is slightly coarse. A touch clumsy all up. I don’t see the generosity of the season here, nor do I see a wine that will be particularly noteworthy in time. None of this is an enormous problem…until you factor in the price. 88 Good

Region: Clare Valley
Alcohol: 12.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $28.95
Tasted: March 2013


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