Wednesday, March 17, 2010


- Clare Valley, SA
- $16-$23
- Screwcap
- 11.0%alc

Riesling enthusiasts typically reflect on who makes Clare's best riesling outside of Grosset. For me, it's Tim Adams by a country mile. Since 2006 his Reserve Riesling has established itself as a regional benchmark of Grosset-like quality, while his standard release always offers ludicrously good value. Like all of Tim's wines, his rieslings pack the structure and intensity when young to cellar with discerning ease.

Classically scented in its citrus focused nose, Tim Adams' 2009 reveals mineral infused aromas of lemon, lime and grapefruit with a lesser suggestion of floral nuances. Fuller, juicy, concentrated and rich without being broad or overly exaggerated, its austere palate drives home a pristine mix of light, bright citrus fruits and white flowers scored by a racy cut of steely citric acids. It finishes precise, penetratingly long and shapely, with lingering juicy fruit undertones and a structure that builds gradually in Tim Adams' typical mouth-puckering style.

ü+ Magnificent. Now where's that 2009 Reserve? Drink to 2019.
95 points

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