I heart Rizza
Galafrey Dry Land Riesling 2009 (Mt Barker, WA)
11.5%, Screwcap, $20
Of all the Rieslings I opened tonight, this is the one that I’d be choosing for my cellar. It’s in a bit of a development hole perhaps, but the depth and genuine intensity is there in spades. A real Riesling, no question about it.
It’s not offering all that much on the nose though, save for a whiff of petrol that blows off with air, with the rest of the bouquet still very much ‘under development’. The palate builds slowly too, all coiled citrus and some honeyed green apple fruit. As it travels (and with more airtime) things flesh out though, giving that lovely blend of generous slightly honeyed lemon/grapefruit fruit characters and prominent acidity which Great Southern rizzas are known for. A proper persistant, dry and lengthy natural finish again signals this wines class and drinkability.
I’d be waiting a few more years before attacking this again, but no questioning the attraction. Good indeed. 17.7/92+