Fine and pure

Canberra District Feature Week

Clonakilla Riesling 2021, Canberra District, AUD $35

Rising from the ravaging bushfires of the previous year which produced no riesling, the 2021 release is ebullient, joyful and racy.

Awash with a cool-fruit spectrum thanks to the chill of Murrumbateman, a subtle spritz evokes a current of electricity running through the wine. It teases the tastebuds with a very subtle off-dry hook, making it a versatile wine. Its acidity can cut through richer salty dishes or mirror the food to match the delicacy of the wine. And while it’s a beauty in its youth it will age for at least a decade.

This is a fine and pure riesling with a pitch-perfect delivery.

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view original tasting note

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing: now to 2033

Food: cured meats or fromage blanc spread with radishes and cucumber

Stockists: Clonakilla Wines; Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop – NSW and online; WineStar online; Nick’s Wine Merchants – Vic and online

Ranked: #5 of 43 2021 Riesling from Australia

Awarded: Top Rank

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