Printhie MCC Riesling 2013 (Orange, NSW)
11%, Screwcap, $26
I think there is scope for Riesling in Orange, with this very cool part of the world showing a little Riesling potential.
The only stumbling block to the Orange Riesling train is how residual sugar is handled – this wine, for example is just a little too sweet, a little too candied to really be great. A close run thing though as I imagine it would be tart without the sweetness (this comes from a vineyard over 1000m, with no shortage of razor sharp acidity).
Anyway, what this does have is a clean and quite pure form, the buzzy, grapefruit juice acidity giving shape to the apricot and candy floss tinged palate palate here, reinforcing what is a quite long and shapely wine.
You’d drink this, without the wine really hitting the high notes – it feels like acid and sweetness aren’t quite matched up enough to be greater than that.
Tasted: July 2014
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Not quite. But I’d enjoy a glass or two.
By online: Printhie website