Riesling is a specialty of the Clare Valley which lies north of Barossa and Adelaide in Southern Australia.
It was settled by German immigrants – and much of their influence persists to this day in terms of place names as well as grape varieties.
Many of the vineyards are planted about 500m above sea level with this Skillogalee vineyard at 400m. Being at elevation ensures the grapes retain their acidity, crisp flavours and aromas.
The wine is pale lemon and has aromas of pomello, yellow grapefruit and white peach. With its medium plus acidity and minerality and just the slightest bit of residual sugar, it went fabulously with our Yamato sushi and miso soup.
Finally, the kicker – Clare Valley Rieslings develop petrol aromas in their youth and this example didn’t disappoint.
Solid WSET ‘Good’ wine – drink now or put aside for 203 to develop the petrol.