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2005 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Wolf Blass wolfblass.com.au   details
Appellation: South Australia - Australia
Type: white
Varietal: Riesling
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$10.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: December 24, 2007 , Frank Herzog
"The Riesling came in that tall, thin Germanic style of bottle that forever hints of the spiritual home of premium Riesling. As Wolf Blass seems to be a cutting edge brand it comes equipped with a screwcap so if you cannot finish the bottle you can easily take the rest home to sup at leisure. It came with surprise, surprise, a yellow label which was simple and clear in concept. Above this the eagle symbol of Wolf Blass was emblazoned. I poured myself out a decent sample into the empty wine glass that lay expectantly before me on the pub table(which I had to clean myself typically) and saw a medium lemon coloured liquid. Fortunately 'Spoons do provide you with a decent enough glass to swirl and capture the wine's aroma so I took full advantage of this. It had a delicate and typically aromatic nose usual for a Riesling. I could detect some floral hints over a core of minerally and waxy nuances with some underlying citrus and honey notes. Despite being a couple of years old (vintage 2005) I could not detect any of those paraffin/petrol aromas that I so love in Aussie Rieslings which have been at least slightly aged. Darn ! I sure love the smell of unleaded in my Rieslings. This nose seemed to indicate a relatively light wine and this was indeed the case once the liquid had entered into my mouth. It had a very dry, light body with a fairly rounded and supple mineral feel. This had restrained citrus, floral and waxy flavours backed up by a medium acidity that proved to give the wine a pleasantly refreshing, cleansing and easy drinking feel. Overall, not particularly complex or lasting on the palate after swallowing but nevertheless in its price bracket fairly good and a good aperitif style of wine with a mdoerate 12% alcohol. In comparison to better and more expensive Aussie Rieslings unfortunately it does not have the depth of character or length. Additionally if you prefer a white with more intensity and/or weight then look out for a Chardonnay or New World Sauvignon Blanc instead (indeed the 'Spoons wine menu has a decent Kiwi Sauvignon in the form of a wine by Villa Maria). "
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