2014 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling

imageThe word “dry” has been removed from the label – although it remains technically dry at 3.1g/l residual sugar.

More muted aromatically this year. Pithy flavours and aromas. Green apple skins with the interesting contrast of faint tropicals and saline, pebbly minerality adding complexity to limey citrus flavour. Feels slightly softer and rounder in the mouth…within the boundaries of classic Australian dry Riesling…but the finish is extensive and ever so slightly gingery. A touch of chalky grip and Schweppes Passiona to close. Structure and length suggest a future in the cellar. 94

Region: Clare Valley
Alcohol: 11.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $20
Tasted: June 2014


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2 Responses to 2014 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling

  1. Sam Barry says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for taking the time to review. This has only been in the bottle about 3 weeks but looked great as soon as it came off the line. In reference to removing the word ‘dry’, this has nothing to do with a style change or the wine becoming sweeter. It was included for the US and UK market but we have decided to remove from the domestic label as the Australian consumer knows Clare is dry. We also thought that ‘dry’ made it sound a bit commercial.



  2. Thanks for the extra information Sam. There’s certainly no mistaking it as anything other than dry. I hadn’t taken into account the export market when considering the use of the word ‘dry’ on the label so it had previously struck me as somewhat strange – not necessarily ‘bad’ strange…it just puzzled me slightly. As you say, Australian consumers are likely to presume that a Clare Riesling is dry unless otherwise stated. The wine itself continues a legacy of excellence. Another fine Lodge Hill.

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