It's pretty tough scrutinising wines with such high moral standards as Shaw Vineyard Estate's Laughter Series. With each Laughter Series wine sold Shaw Vineyard generously donates money to Camp Quality, helping kids with cancer, while every back label displays the cheery motto; 'this wine is best served with laughter.'
The 2009 Riesling is clean and casual on the nose, with floral overtones of lavender laid across a distinct note of lime juice and wet stone. Quite broad and forward, its generous, mouthfilling palate pushes through a classic mix of lemon/lime citrus flavour, with its lime juice influence becoming more pronounced and domineering down the palate. Its acidity tingles the side and upper palate, providing more sourness than great length or structure but still adequate shape.
O A good, smartly priced short term Canberra riesling which provides a fine, drier foil to Shaw Vineyard's off-dry Isabella. I'm happy to say it matches some of South Australia's offerings in the same price range. Serve it with laughter and a side of King George whiting. Drink to 2013.