Lark Hill Riesling 2014 (Canberra district)
11.5%, Screwcap, $35
Not that they weren’t distinctive before, but over the last few vintages there seems to be a real coherence in everything with a Lark Hill label on it.
This Riesling is no exception. While there is no shortage of the brown limes and lifted florals of Canberra Riesling, this seems to be of a different shape. It’s more floral, more limey and more fragrant than I can remember in previous vintages. It tastes softer, yet more intensely acidic, while also running with a pineapple juice tart/sweet combination that is genuinely delicious.
What’s ultimately unique here is that it doesn’t taste like yet another Canberra Riesling. It’s fuller, longer and more textured than most other Rieslings from the district, the style leaning more towards Wachau than Watervale (and all the better for it).
Tasted: Dec 14
Drink: 2014-2019 (I think I’d prefer to drink this young. Can see it getting very pineappley which I might not like as much).
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Buy online: Lark Hill website