Wine of the week

Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling, Clare Valley 2012 $23

Leasingham doesn’t get a lot of plaudits but it’s one of our most reliable riesling brands, reaching way back to 1969. The colour is pale and backward; the aromas are fresh, intense green-lime and mineral chalkiness, with a hint of green herbs. The palate is similarly reserved, youthful and compact, showing great vitality and refined intensity. The energising acidity is beautifully integrated and adds a rapier-like thrust to the palate without being tart or aggressive. It’s not austere but leaves the mouth with a cleansing dryness. Tremendous length and harmony. A beautiful young riesling with a big career ahead for those who choose to cellar it. Enjoy now to at least 2023. 12.5 per cent alcohol. 95/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)

Food: any simply-cooked fish, especially flathead, snapper, whiting and barramundi. Also crab salad, fresh oysters, prawn cocktail.

Stockist: Dan Murphy’s

Ranked #5 of 57 2012 Riesling tasted from Clare Valley

Price Benchmark: $31.29
Avg 95pt 2012 Riesling tasted from Clare Valley

Winery Rating: 94.2
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