Wellington Riesling 2005 (Tasmania)
$16.50, Screwcap, 12.5%
I've had the mother of all head colds over the past 5 days, with my brain attempting to escape from behind my eyes at regular intervals. I have attempted to ward off said cold with plenty of beer, but it doesn't seem to have done all that good. Strangely though, my sense of smell (and taste) is still intact, and both tell me that this is pretty fine indeed for the dollars.
Golden yellow in colour, the nose has straw, toast & butter, mixed with a bit of dusty bottle age. On the palate its a bit chubby and rounded, with a flow of sweet golden buttercup fruit, yet its all a deception, for the acid at the finish is briskly cool climate and almost metallic in its power.
The whole package is hardly mindblowing, but it is a nicely weighted and quite delicate wine that is very easy to like. At the $16.50 cellar door price, its a bargain. 16.8