Richmond Grove Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley 2012 $24 Value: excellent Richmond Grove produces one of the best and most consistent rieslings in Clare but it’s often overlooked in the rush for the more fashionable labels. The colour is bright light-to-medium yellow and the aromas are
The 2013 Australian riesling vintage appears from my recent tastings to be a very good one, perhaps not outstanding but certainly very worthy – and fairly consistent in that the “usual suspects” performed well. The stars in my recent tasting of more than 60 wines
Having enjoyed innumerable 2012 vintage Australian rieslings, and concluded it’s one of the better vintages of recent times, I got a shock reading the recent Sydney Royal Wine Show results catalogue.
It was a dinner involving many great old European wines, held at Len Evans’s Bulletin Place restaurant in honour of the famous head of Christie’s Auctions wine department, Michael Broadbent, and including then prime minister Malcolm Fraser. Sommelier and noted eccentric Anders Ousback was acting as butler. “As he decanted the 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein (a very rare German riesling), there was an expectant hush around the room. The hush deepened to silence after a fearful crash in his corner. Everyone stared agonisingly at Anders. He looked up, paused, and then said, ‘I say, shall I decant the 1728?’ Anders, maladroit as ever, had dropped an empty bottle to the floor but couldn’t resist taking advantage of the moment.”
It’s 10 years since the great 2002 Clare Valley rieslings were released, the first outstanding vintage widely bottled under screwcaps. So it’s no surprise there have been several tastings this year to see how the wines look on their 10th birthday.
Australia makes the best value red wines on the planet. What about Chile, I hear you say? How can I overlook Spain, Italy … and the great value red wines from France’s hot southerly regions? Yes, I admit that those countries can deliver satisfying, gutsy red wines at modest prices but Australia wins hands down when you consider the sheer range of styles made to very high standards and offered at bargain prices.