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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > NEW WORLD: Riesling, Australia

Winner Details

 New World: Riesling

2018 Gold 3        Silver 7                 Bronze 1             Commended 7
2017 Gold 2        Silver 2                 Bronze 3             Commended 3

Just as they have with Chardonnay, so the Aussies are threatening to become the dominant force with Riesling. Their status with this grape has grown consistently throughout the Sommelier Wine Awards, from ‘niched’ to ‘powerful’, particularly in the past few years. Certainly, it seems to be a variety that they can do much better things with than Sauvignon Blanc.

Star region, unsurprisingly, was the Clare Valley, which accounted for all three Golds, though it was interesting to see a spread of medals from across the country, from the Great Southern to Victoria.

Value wise, these were pretty good – especially when you consider that some of the medal winners had a reasonable amount of age on them. The two Paulett Golds being superb examples of semi-mature, high quality Rieslings at very good prices.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘You had two spectrums of flavour here, from the dry, crisp clean to the heavy petrol and kerosene style, but the entire flight was good quality. We really saw the Australians pulling their act together on the Riesling front.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘There was very precise and clean winemaking here, and I think that’s what sets them apart. These have lots of character, and are so zippy.’ Debbie Warner, Wild Wine Club

‘These were all well made, and tasty. I’d pretty much put them all on the list.’ Arletta Mala, Glasshouse

‘Even at the lowest prices these had complexity, and they’re all balanced really well. When you discover these you’ll love them. They’re also very gastronomic wines, well suited to classic dishes.’ Tatiana Mann, The Vine Eno Gastro Pub

‘For me, in a way, screwcap is a guarantee that the winemaker’s philosophy is being preserved.’ Andrea Briccarello, team leader

Award winners

Found 18 wines

New World: Riesling, Australia

Paulett Wines, Pauletts, Polish Hill River, Riesling 2011, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister had nothing but praise for this Gold medal winner, from its appropriately ‘deep gold colour’, to its ‘petrol and rubber band aromas’, and ‘zesty acidity, with rich orchard fruits’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club praised its ‘crisp, clean apple with a beautiful roast-almond finish’. Alex Pitt of Typing Room appreciated notes of ‘key lime, diesel, and a touch of spritz’, which served to ‘highlight the floral aromas in the wine’.

£9.24 Ellis of Richmond, Richmond Wine Agencies, Lapworth Wines

Paulett Wines, Pauletts, Aged Release, Riesling 2010, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

‘A dry, honeyed and evolved nose, leading to a palate that’s also evolved, and nutty on the finish,’ was team leader Martin Lam’s praise for this worthy Gold winner, while Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub was impressed by its ‘spice and tropical fruit’, making this a ‘versatile wine that’s nice value for money’. Team leader Simon Woods found it a ‘bracing, almost salty wine with grapefruit aromas and a touch of sweetness on the palate’, which made it an excellent match for roast salmon.

£11.84 Ellis of Richmond, Richmond Wine Agencies, Lapworth Wines

VineMind, Riesling 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

‘Pure Riesling,’ said team leader Martin Lam with approval on encountering this Gold winner, describing a ‘complex, evolving nose’, while Glasshouse’s Arletta Mala identified ‘lemon and petrol, with well-balanced sweetness and acidity, and a long finish with some coconut notes’. Team leader Simon Woods went on to describe this as a ‘juicy, tangy young wine, with bright lemon notes, leading to a fresh and bright palate, with a slightly candied finish’.

£12.52 Bibendum

Larry Cherubino, Laissez Faire, Riesling 2015, Western Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh white almond aromas with some light petrol notes’ started things off here, according to Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, leading to ‘light guava notes’ on the palate, which Debbie Warner of Wild Wine Club thought had ‘good texture, with a juicy finish’.

£14.63 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Skillogalee, Riesling 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘A light, salty, sea breeze aroma, with some fresh rubber notes,’ began Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club about this Australian Riesling, going on to describe ‘gentle stone fruit with some light honey too, all leading to a complex, herbal, developed finish’.

£11.66 Enotria&Coe

Dandelion Vineyards, Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley, Riesling 2017, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘Good complexity and depth of flavour,’ thought team leader Martin Lam, who described ‘a rounded, dry, honeyed nose, with lime and floral notes on the palate’, while The Don’s Carlos Ferreira enjoyed ‘lime and lemon notes, with lots of minerality, and a long finish’.

£9.76 Liberty Wines

Dandelion Vineyards, Wonderland of the Eden Valley, Riesling 2017, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘An elegant wine,’ thought Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub, describing a ‘beautiful, chalky, mineral style’. The Don’s Carlos Ferreira liked its ‘stone fruit and lemon notes, as well as a toastiness, with good acidity on the palate, and a beautiful finish’, leading him to suggest this as ‘a good wine for raw fish’.

£31.25 Dandelion Vineyards

Peter Lehmann, Wigan, Riesling 2012, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘A fresh and polished wine,’ according to Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent, who spoke of ‘herbal notes, with some petrol and plastic notes’, while team leader Nigel Lister picked up on a ‘slate and wet stone minerality’, too.

£12.55 Liberty Wines

Plantagenet, Angevin, Riesling 2016, Mount Barker, Western Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

Glasshouse’s Arletta Mala noted ‘petrol and waxy lemon’ aromas, while team leader Martin Lam described this Australian Riesling as ‘zesty and floral’. The Don’s Carlos Ferreira, meanwhile, liked ‘stone, wet grass and apple notes, together with some high acidity’.

£11.95 Liberty Wines

Petaluma, Hanlin Hill, Riesling 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

This was ‘richly spiced, with yellow fruit and a petrol note’, according to team leader Nigel Lister, who found ‘great texture and a long caramel finish’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club described fresh notes of ‘sour apple and grapefruit’.

£18.61 Matthew Clark

Langmeil, Live Wire, Riesling 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Delicious honeyed aromas and flavours layered with baked oranges and sweet apple blossom,’ began Debbie Warner of Wild Wine Club, finding that this led to ‘a bright, crisp finish’, with Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent describing this as ‘elegant’, with ‘herbs and lemon confit’.

£11.09 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Clos Clare, Riesling 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Robert Oatley, Signature, Riesling 2017, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Heirloom, Riesling 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Howard Park, Riesling 2017, Mount Barker, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£12.44 Enotria&Coe

Allegory, Riesling 2017, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

St Hallett, Riesling 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£13.60 Matthew Clark

Palmetto Wine Co, Riesling 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£8.25 Boutinot

 

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