Said to be made in a 'typical Germanic style', the handpicked Isabella (which was made with the assistance of Canberra riesling maestro Ken Helm) is the reserve level riesling of up and coming Canberra District producer Shaw Vineyard Estate.
Very expressive and clearly varietal, the 2009 Isabella's floral aroma of sweetened limes, apple blossom, musky spice and wet stone leap out the glass with pleasing intensity and perfume. It's quite a concentrated, juicy and purposely sweet-edged riesling, with clear citrus and white flower notes outlined by candied aspects and ample structure. There's a more than obvious influence of residual sugar, but it's neatly entwined with brisk, austere acids which help drive the wine towards a generously long, sweet and sour finish.
ü The 2009 Isabella is definitely Germanic in approach, but unlike some other Australian interpretations of the style it contains the even ripeness, length and essential acidity to pull it off. It's another welcome addition to Australia's riesling landscape. Drink to 2016.