Tuesday, November 10, 2009


 - Tamar Valley, TAS
 - $25
 - Screwcap (Stelvin-Lux)
 - 11.9%alc

If you're visiting McLaren Vale in search of some memorable white wine, I'd strongly recommend calling in to Samuel's Gorge, whose current releases of riesling and gewurztraminer are arguably the region's best. However, the great irony is that both wines originate from Tasmania!

The first vintage of Justin McNamee's Relbia Riesling opens to lightly floral aromas of musky grapefruits and lavender, working harmoniously throughout its very clean, restrained fruit profile. Spotlessly pristine, its crystal-clear palate presents an utterly convincing expression of mineral accented pure fruit flavour, which extends along a chalky undercarriage towards a long, taut, savoury and briney finish bound by slick, racy acids. It's a total package for Tasmanian riesling enthusiasts of extremely addictive proportions.

üA very complete, seamlessly balanced Tasmanian riesling of exquisite clarity and freshness. Drink to 2019.
94 points

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