Thursday, November 3, 2011


- Clare Valley/Eden Valley, SA
- $17-$28
- Screwcap
- 12.0%alc

Of all Taylors' cross-regional Jaraman wines, the Clare/Eden Valley riesling makes the most sense to me. The characteristics of each region's riesling sit next to each other like beautiful sisters, whilst geographically, they're much closer aligned than the Clare Valley and Coonawarra, or the Adelaide Hills and Margaret River for that matter.

Aside from a light, limey whiff of lavender and mineral, Taylors' 2011 Jaraman is steadfastly closed on the nose, giving off little in the way of fragrant lift or perfume. Its palate is also defined by a bell-clear expression of essential citrus flavours, but it's long, clean and refreshing, with lingering notes of lime zest and lime pith dragging out a fine conclusion I'd perhaps credit more to its Eden Valley component (41%). In addition to its persistent fruit the finish also shows a smooth movement of zesty, sherbet-like acids, however, its backbone just lacks the shape and authority of South Australia's best rieslings, which, at $24.95 RRP, it's almost competing against.

O The 2011 Jaraman is quite tasty in an approachable varietal sense and not bad drinking at its low-end price, especially with many a warm day looming around the corner. It's certainly a bright spark within the Taylors range, suggesting the brand might do well to focus further on its rieslings. Drink to 2019.
91 points

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