Raidis The Kid Riesling 2012 (Coonawarra, SA)
12.6%, Screwcap, $19
This Riesling is named after the kid Boer goats that can be found playing alongside the Raidis vineyard and are known to provide a little entertainment. It’s pruning season in Coonawarra now, so any entertainment that doesn’t involve pruning snips is a good thing…
Open, limey, generous, easy and languid. There, my job is done. Languid is a good word actually, for Coonawarra Riesling is typically such a beast – the flavours soft (and particularly soft given just how ‘cool’ Coonawarra is) the palate open-knit and often developing toasty bottle age richness quite early.
What marks this as a better example of Coonawarra Rizza is the lemon squash freshness through the finish, which stops the toast getting beyond the mid palate stage.
Hardly a profound wine this one, but heartfelt and actually much better structured than it may look. Likeable.
Score: 16.8/20 89/100
Would I buy it? Probably not. Would drink a glass if handed to me though.