Galafrey Dry Land Reserve Riesling 2014
I always look forward to the Galafrey wines. That ‘dry land’ nomenclature isn’t just for show; the vineyard is all dry-grown, and typically the concentration improves because of it.
2014 was a warm vintage in Mt Barker and I think this looks just a little fat. Clear green straw in colour, there is a deep ripe fruit width here that is typical Galafrey, though there is this ‘Schweppes lemonade out of a can’ tinny citrus fruit sweetness that doesn’t quite fit. There’s a broadness through the middle of this, tightened up by very firm acidity, all making for a sweet and sour style that clunks along. Great intensity of flavour but it doesn’t quite reconcile, and the pineappley aftertaste jars too.
Impressive intensity, but not quite a complete drink.
Details: 11.5%, Screwcap, $25
Tasted: May 2015 (sample)
Best drinking: 2015-2028
Score: 16.8/20, 89/100
Would I buy it? No.
Buy online: Galafrey website