It’s a riesling-fest

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate and vineyards (Photo: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt)

The Clare Valley’s Wilson family are among the quiet achievers of wine. They seldom make a fuss or attract attention, but they’re outstanding riesling producers. In my most recent riesling tasting, their three rieslings from the 2016 harvest all did very well, finishing near the top of the pile.

Their Wilson trio is DJW, Polish Hill River, and Watervale. All scored 93 or above. The Watervale is great value at AUD $19, the others merely very good value – as riesling usually is – at AUD $29 each.

The Wilson are well established but another, newer wine from the Polish Hill River sub-region impressed me: Muster Wines 2016. A low 11.5% alcohol wine, it has lemon and lime aromas and great delicacy.

Less famed for riesling perhaps is Mount Majura from Canberra: its 2016 riesling is tremendously intense, refined and lovely. Canberra is a great riesling region (just think of the smashing wines of Helm, Lark Hill, Clonakilla, Nick O’Leary and Kyeema). Now add Mount Majura.

Other top Australian rieslings in the tasting were Cherry Tree Hill 2016, a consistent performer from the NSW Southern Highlands; Howard Park Porongurup, and Rowlee from Orange.

A bevvy of superb 2015 wines from German producer Wagner Stempl from the Rheinhessen also impressed. Top wine was the ‘Porphyr’ Siefersheim Trocken, a blinder of a wine and worth its AUD $63. Not far behind it was the very expensive Siefersheim Höllberg GG Trocken, then the Siefersheim Kabinett and the entry level Gutswein Trocken. Superb wines and the importer is Heart & Soil.

The 2015 German harvest is outstanding. It’s being touted in Europe as Germany’s vintage of the century (well, the century is only 16 years old!) and the wines I’ve tasted to date are certainly exciting.

I’ve also recently tasted 17 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2015 rieslings (tastings) – samples shipped out direct from Germany. These are stunning wines. The Australian importer is Red + White.

These reviews are all on the app now. Soon to be posted are the new arrivals of Mosel great, J.J. Prum. I tasted 20 Prum wines, including 15 of the 2015s, at a tasting hosted by the importer, Bibendum. These reviews will be posted on the app in the next few days.

It’s a great vintage of wonderful wines, and I will certainly be buying some myself.

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