Artiste Eden Valley Riesling 2014
A new name to me, but it turns out that Simon Gilbert is the key man behind the brand. I’m not sure in what capacity, but certainly as winemaker.
This white is the driest Riesling in the portfolio and, for mine, all the better for it.
Green straw in colour, the nose here is all lemon lime grapefruit, with just a little slate. It’s quite juicy and full initially, but tightens up through the slightly skinny finish. Crisp, but not bracing acidity, finishes things off.
An easy, well made, early drinker. Not wildly exciting, but there is enough length here to signal quality fruit.
Details: 12.5%, Screwcap, $22.95
Tasted: May 2015 (sample)
Best drinking: 2015-2020
Score: 17/20, 90/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink a glass
Buy online: Collective Wine Company (Artiste is one of their labels)