Riesling, Merlot Blend, 2011

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
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  1. TIM ADAMS RESERVE RIESLING 2011
    Riesling wines from the Clare Valley are definitely enjoyable when both young and zesty, however when left to mature beyond five years of age, they truly show their worth. "Talk about drinking at its peak. This is in a great ... Learn More
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  2. CHATEAU BELLEVUE 2011
    Berry fruits on nose accompanied by soft oaky scents. Smooth and lively on the palate. Gentle spice and toast shadings with great range. Outstanding length. ... Learn More
    CHATEAU BELLEVUE 2011
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  3. CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 2011
    Still tightly wound and very restrained, but there's a serious well of black plum and macerated currant fruit in reserve, held behind substantial but well-ripened tannins and a strong chalk and iron note.Rich, yet elegant tannin that enhances the ... Learn More
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  4. CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 2011
    55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, 100% new oak, benefiting from the extra precision allowed by the new, small concrete vats (described by Jancis here) in which the 44 separate parcels they have identified can be vinified separately, says winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet. Merlot picked al ... Learn More
    CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 2011
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  5. CHATEAU HAUT BRION 2011
    This is typically among the most backward wines of the vintage when young, and it's still tight and primal, but with admirable length and density already. Aromas of Cassis, black cherry skin, plum pit and maduro tobacco, followed by an ... Learn More
    CHATEAU HAUT BRION 2011
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