Barwang Granite Track Riesling 2010 (Tumbarumba, NSW)
10.5%, Screwcap, $25
A Tumbarumba Riesling you say? Intriguing. Lots of acidity and an undisclosed level of sugar is this wines game, hopefully with a balanced off-dry Riesling the result. Bottle is festooned with gold medals too.
Only problem really is that the sweetness looks a little clumsy. The fruit underneath is lean, minerally and austere, that pH (2.94) suggesting somewhat early picked grapes. Early picked grapes that perhaps don’t have the power to match up with the monotone that is residual grape sugar.
I like the freshness through the finish (8g/L of acidity will do that) here and the shape of the wine but ultimately it just looks a little bit too sweet.
Score: 16.5/20 88/100
Would I buy it? I’d prefer an entry level QbA Mosel Riesling.
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