Established in 2000/01 by a couple of industry veterans, O'Leary Walker is an emergent Clare winery gaining a steady following for its solid reds and refreshingly varietal whites. Their rieslings in particular, are already recognised among the region's best.
Generously scented, the 2009 Polish Hill presents a well defined and floral, yet sweetish fragrance of apricot/peach blossom with nuances of citrus tart and apple. Juicy and forward, with mouthfilling flavours of apricot kernel, lemon, caramelised pear and apples, its rather candied palate is softly lifted by an approachable influence of steely acids, with notes of sweet fruit persisting into the aftertaste. It severely lacks true penetration and lasting impression.
X A massive turnaround from the structured, dry and savoury 2008 (91pts), this is a sweetish, easy drinking riesling which might even appeal to those who don't like the style. It's not for me though. Drink to 2014.