Capital Wines ‘The Whip’ Riesling 2011 (Canberra District)
11.3%, Screwcap, $20
Tough vintage in Canberra. Real tough. Cold, wet and with serious disease pressures. Lots of grapes went unpicked as a result, but those that did were often picked with much higher acid levels than normal. To balance out this extra acidity many wines thus carry a little more residual sugar than usual. In some cases this worked, in others the balance wasn’t quite there. Sadly I think this wine falls into that camp…
Tropical fruit sweetness on the nose – it really shows that lolly residual sugar on the nose actually. Dry, light and slightly candied palate has tart and hard malic acidity clashing with the Froot Loop residual sugar. There is some nice, loose knit lemon/grapefruit fruit in there to but it seems a little overwhelmed by the sugar and acidity. Not quite there. 16.3/87
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