Tasmanian riesling must be one of Australia's most underrated wine styles. Two experienced producers in particular, Pipers Brook in the state's north and Freycinet in the east, are more than capable of making world class, dry rieslings equal to Australia's very best.
Flinty, mineral and showing marginal signs of what could be toasty/kero/honeyed development, the nose of Pipers Brook's 2009 typically represents a marked contrast to its South Australian counterparts, presenting an underswell of sweetly fruited yet compellingly restrained lime juice, white pear and heady, musky apricot skin aromas. Likewise, its palate is also complex considering its age, with a delightfully concentrated and smooth entry that bursts with juicy flavour on the mid-palate, unravelling a delightfully chalky, mineral expression of varietal lime juice character. It progresses with a lingering presence of sweet/honeyed fruit undertones, which are offset magnificently by a dry, savoury climax defined by an impressive structure that grows in sculpted fashion.
ü+ Splendidly complex and unique in a refreshingly Tasmanian style, Pipers Brook's 2009 Riesling is my type of wine. It's a real journey from start to finish. Drink to 2017.