Sunday, November 14, 2010


- Canberra District
- $22
- Screwcap
- 12.0%alc

After thoroughly enjoying a bottle of Shaw Vineyard Estate's off-dry 2009 Isabella Riesling (90pts) almost a year ago, my thirst was well and truly quenched in anticipation of the Canberra-based maker's dry 2009 Riesling. So without further adieu, here it is.

A year in the bottle has seen the bath salts and limey florals of Shaw Vineyard's 2009 Riesling take on hints of lime marmalade-like character. Fortunately, this extra degree of character is presented in a fresh and inviting way, but it actually seems to dissipate with time towards a more youthfully apparent nose. The palate enters with smoothness, concentration and a touch of juicy fruit, before some seriously pure lime juice flavours let loose with clear definition. For those who enjoy a Corona with a wedge of lime in the neck (not dropped in the bottle), think of that refreshing first mouthful. A certain tanginess marks its finish with some pleasing length, but a bit more cut through the back palate would've been wonderful.

O A tidy little Canberra riesling with plenty of limey character. Seafood addicts; dive in! Drink to 2015.
90 points

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