X by Xabregas Spencer Riesling 2011 (Mt Barker, WA)
10.7%, Screwcap, $40
Produced from the the Spencer vineyard, which is lower and on richer soils than the Figtree vineyard though the vines here tend to be slower growing and the wines thus carry more acidity. pH 2.95. TA 8.5g/L. RS 22g/l
Dense and concentrated, this is a softer, sweeter wine than the Figtree, that residual sugar taking the edge off the palate precision, though everything pulls up with dry, grapefruit acidity. The balance is a a close run thing actually, the Fruit Loop sweetness balancing with the pithy, lightly lemony, phenolic palate to make for a pretty satisfying off-dry Riesling.
Serve very cold with chilli prawns and you too will be fairly praising the length. 18.3/20 93/100