|Tower Windmill Riesling
Tower Estate Windmill Vineyard Riesling 2011 (Clare Valley, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $28
The Clare Valley unquestionably came off better in 2011 than the Eden Valley did, with the best Rieslings serviceable at the very least. This particular wine comes off a vineyard planted in 2000 with classic red loam over Mintaro slate. Serious dirt, serious wine.
Said seriousness is evident on the nose actually, which shows more lime cordial Watervale richness than many of its ilk do in 2011. It’s a concentrated nose albeit one that is getting toastier and softer by the day (like many ’11 Clare and Eden Rizzas are. High malic acid but high pH too has led to wines that are developing quickly). That proper concentration of flavour spreads through the on the palate too, the cordial more lemon than lime leading to a slightly spiky finish. Hint of tinned
pineapple in there something of a distraction but no questioning the proper length and form.
Still very primary and slightly abrupt this is quality juice here that just needs that few years to
settle. Good. 17.5/91+