My quick straw poll of a few fellow tasters saw some very divisive opinions on the label (I’m not a fan) with the ‘scandalous’ name not helping either – makes what is a decent Riesling seem cheap and tawdry.
Anyway, this is an off-dry (38g/L residual sugar) Riesling from a vineyard that sits right up at 930m above sea level. While Riesling is yet to make a mark in Orange, the off-dry styles may well make a happy home in certain spots.
This Riesling positively jumps out of the glass too, with a lively sweetened grapefruit nose and a dash of blackcurrant for good measure. The palate is just a fraction too sweet but also very dry, making for a wine of some awkwardness…
What rescues everything is the seriously long and quite even finish, punctuated by nice honey notes to keep you interested. As a whole, however, this remains a ‘almost’ wine.
Tasted: December 2013
Score: 16.5/20, 88/100
Would I buy it? Not quite.