Xabregas Artisan Riesling 2014
A worked, dry style Riesling fermented in neutral barrels on fine lees for texture. You can see the step-up over the standard Xabregas Mount Barker, with more texture equalling more interest.
Sherbet, lemongrass and lime, the candied peel fruit of 14 gives this a real sweetness of fruit (though its the driest of the ’14 Xabregas Riesling). Long, full flavoured, that slightly candied flavour is a distraction, though the mouthfeel and palate weight is excellent.
It’s a little blunt and full at the moment, but I think another few years should see things integrate more. I’d wait.
Details: 12.8%, Screwcap, $31
Tasted: June 2015 (sample)
Best drinking: 2016-2025+
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100+
Would I buy it? Not quite yet. Maybe next year.
Buy online: Xabregas website