Heemskerk Coal River Valley Riesling 2007 (Coal River, Tas)
Screwcap, $40, 12.5%
Well done Fosters. The reborn Heemskerk range continues to impress me – excellent packaging & interesting wines. Congratulations are due to someone within Fosters for the entire Heemskerk project. This Riesling is of particular interest, with some background barrel work ala an Alsatian model making for a more complex mouthful of wine.
In the glass, its positively frothy, with dissolved CO2 lining the bottom of the glass. Did someone put Prosecco into my glass by mistake? Colourwise, its a very light green straw yellow & looking very youthful indeed.
On the nose its dry, slightly yeasty and sherbety, with lemon and just a hint of toast. Oh and some Granny Smiths in there too. The palate starts gently, with soft, lemony buttercup fruit, mixed with a splash of vanilla for texture. Its a sneaky palate, building slowly towards a notably dry and citrussy back end, tending lean and light through the tail, the creamy green apple goodness finishing everything off.
Overall its a very pleasant Riesling that tastes unforced and dry, if a bit light on the flavour intensity for my palate. Still, I like the citrussy acidity and the general shape here and can see a few years doing this wine more favours. 16.9+