Albert Mann ‘Cuvee Albert’ Riesling 2007 (Alsace, France)
$38, Screwcap, 12.5%
Another day, another lovely entry level European Riesling.
Light yellow colour, quite full coloured considering its youth, though not advanced, and especially not for Alsace. The nose is honeyed, rich and full, with golden syrup, baklava, quince & some floral overtones. This doesn’t translate onto the palate however, which is dry and quite restrained, citrussy but not showing the intensity that the nose promises. Still, it finishes with quite brisk, if soft, Clare Valley-esque acidity.
Step back, walk away and come back for another mouthful and you really get a greater sense of how honest this is. It’s an entry level wine that falls away somewhat after about the mid palate mark, but it’s still absolutely representative of where it comes from and it’s maker. It is, to draw comparisons, the Pewsey Vale Riesling of Alsace (which is a complement indeed). 17.1
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