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Jim Barry Florita Riesling 2010 (Clare Valley, SA)
12.4%, Screwcap, $39.95
Riesling, for all of its glories, can be a prickly beast when its built in an ageworthy fashion, often going through odd little peaks and troughs once it has passed its initial ‘check out my flashy fruit and acid’ phase. This Florita is in such a trough, making it a rather hard beast to get to know right now. It’s like that pale looking guy/girl in the corner who may well be attractive but is kinda hard to get your head around.
What surprises is the candied lime edges to this – its like the Barry boys have accidentally blended this with a little of the Lavender Hill sweeter gear. I think its a development stage actually but an odd one. Underneath that Bickford’s lime cordial concentrate lies a classically proportioned palate that is
super dry and pithy, with long limey lines that suggest this to be a class act regardless. A little bottle age is desperately needed here but I think it will come good in time. Hold.