Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shaw Vineyard Riesling 2008


Shaw Vineyard Riesling 2008 (Canberra)
Screwcap, $22


'So how good are the 2008 rieslings? As a judge at the local show I rated Canberra’s as the best I’d ever tasted from the region. These were exciting wines and perhaps good enough, at last, to hold their own against the benchmarks from the Clare and Eden Valleys.'
Wise words from Chris Shanahan, who knows a thing or two about Canberra wines. As an unabashed Riesling fan, I look forward to the release of the new vintage crop every year like a giddy schoolboy, waiting to turn 18 so he can finally go the pub. The 08's from Clare & Eden (those picked at the right time) have so far been impressive & I can't wait to get stuck into a few from the rising star that is the Canberra region.

The Shaw Vineyard Riesling wine is very pale green in colour, on the verge of colourlessness even. The nose is lifted and citrussy, with delicate lime, Gardenia, musk & more florals. A very attractive young Riesling nose, if a tad simple. The palate is soft, sherbetty and citrussy with sweet lime and marshmallow fruit, finishing light and minerally. The finish is soft, restrained and the whole package is lovely and delicate.

This is a very attractive, simplly floral, fresh Riesling style that could really woo many Punters over from Sauvignon Blanc if given the chance. It lacks a little intensity and the acid is on the soft side, but it deserves a gold medal for drinkability - Delicious. 17.1

(2007 vintage shown, the new label is much more attractive)

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