Outside of the Shiraz Viognier, this Sapling Yard Lake George Riesling 2022 is my favourite release from Canberra newcomer Sapling Yard, and it captures the Canberra Riesling style (that I love) so well.
Sourced from the Lake George Vineyard, which is, you guessed it, on the sides of the extremely odd (and currently full) Lake George. This Riesling looks extremely youthful, too – an ultra-fresh, water-clear greenish thing with that smells of lime juice with a little jasmine, leading to a tight, mouthwatering and wonderfully intense palate. It’s a little on the green and crunchy side of the fruit fence (which might be divisive), but not unripe – just lovely freshness topped off with chalky, lightly lip-tingling acidity. Tasty.
Best drinking: good now. 18/20, 93/100. 11%, $30. Sapling Yard website. Would I buy it? Sure would.
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