Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2008 (Clare & Eden Valley, SA)
$20, Screwcap, 11.5%
Of all the Wolf Blass wines, this stands out as the most consistent wine quality wise. That could be because of my Riesling preferences, but I also think that the talented hand of Wendy Stuckey helps.
Quite a glowing yellow colour, the nose shows lemon, a little toast, and then more lemon, with just a twinge of rubber. Very much in the forward, riper Clare 08 Riesling style.
No surprise then that the palate shows creamy, ripe lemon fruit with quite generous mid palate flavour. It tastes sweet, even though its absolutely dry, which I quite like. The wine then finishes in the renowned Clare Eden Riesling manner – with bucketloads of citrussy acidity.
Ultimately there is a lot to like here, even though its rather forward in its initial profile. I’d like to see this again in 2 years time, by which time the flesh would have caught up with the structure. 16.8+