Two superb new Rieslings from WA’s Great Southern
Now here’s a new name to look out for in the world of WA wine.
Snake + Herring is the catchy label of marketer Redmond Sweeney and ex Howard Park (and Millbrook Estate) winemaker Tony Davis, the wines made using contract fruit sourced from prime vineyards throughout the Great Southern and Margaret River.
While the range includes a very smart Chardonnay (and others), it is this pair of Rieslings that are ultimately the end game, with the label first started largely as a vehicle to produce Great Southern Rieslings.
What i like most about these wines is the combination of ripe fruit and acidity – with no acid additions and with a portion fermented naturally in older oak, the wines seems juicier, softer, less aggressively dry than many other Australian dry Rieslings, all without losing the penetration.
If pressed I think I like the Mout Barker wine just a fraction more, but it’s a close run thing – both hit the spot. Fairly priced at $28/bottle too.
Snake + Herring ‘Teardrop’ Riesling 2013 (Mt Barker) 12.5%