Monday, October 26, 2009


 - Eden Valley, SA
 - $14-$21
 - Screwcap
 - 12.5%alc

Grant Burge makes a wide and diverse range of wine styles from his beautiful home base in the Barossa Valley. His best wines usually come from the regional staples of shiraz, cabernet and grenache blends, but Mr. Burge also creates some very acceptable whites from regions such as the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley.

Rather shy on the nose, the 2009 Thorn Riesling's simple aromas of candied lemon and apples precede a broad, brassy palate which doesn't really possess the clarity or freshness typically associated with Eden Valley riesling. It takes a slight dive towards the back palate, with a sweet/sour acidity revealing traces of cooked fruit and lime juice.

Not the best representation of Eden Valley riesling on the market; in fact, its slightly flabby, uneven fruit profile reminds me more of Barossa riesling. Drink to 2011.
86 points

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