Mesh Riesling 2004 (Eden Valley, SA)
Screwcap, $25 (on release)
Another day, another Riesling (the love affair continues). The Mesh Riesling is the product of a partnership between Jeoffrey Grosset and the Hill Smith family (of Yalumba fame). I have always thought of this one firstly as an early drinker (it is lip smackingly drinkable as a young wine), so this 4 yr old is one of the first from an ageing experiment.
Green tending light straw yellow in colour, this wine has a very typical Eden Valley wet slate & lime juice Riesling aromatics with a slightly honeyed edge thanks to the bottle age. The palate carries the citrus character through, but the fruit has receded a little, leaving only a flow of acidic lemonade – the acidity tending spiky and the finish feeling more unripe than anything else. I can’t work out whether this is stuck in a middle aged hole or should have been drunk earlier – Certainly not a patch on the delicious 04 Grosset Watervale consumed recently. 16.0+