Tuesday, August 4, 2009


 - Eden Valley, SA
 - $15-$22
 - Screwcap
 - 12.0%alc

There are few Australian rieslings under $20 which could match the consistent brilliance of Yalumba's Heggies. For interest, the 2009 was harvested from the high altitude Heggies vineyard (550 metres above sea level) between March 12 and March 28.

Rather musky on the nose, this floral riesling is scented with a heady perfume of peach blossom, limes and white pear, exhibiting more ripeness than anticipated. The juicy palate is a bit broad and flabby, but makes up for it with a pleasantly clear flavour profile and good length of fruit. It reveals more forward, ripe stonefruit flavour than typical for the region, with the classic regional notes of lemon/lime citrus and apple providing an undercarriage which lingers into the aftertaste, with a neatly defined touch of the chalky acids that Eden Valley purists seek.

O Undeniably easy to drink and approachable; even regional in some respects, this 2009 riesling still displays a slightly stressed fruit profile which lacks the clarity and tightness of Heggies' best. All the same it's a fine, if earlier maturing Eden Valley riesling. Drink to 2017.
90 points

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