Did you know my absolute favourite time of the year for wine travel is autumn? Do yourself a favour and book in something for next year. Once you see the vineyards with all their beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves, you’ll understand why I love it 🙂 Continue reading →
We definitely drank our share of Riesling on our recent trip to Tasmania! This 2018 Riesling comes from Goaty Hill Wines in the Tamar Valley, just outside Launceston in northern Tasmania. Continue reading →
I am loving Australian Riesling! From WA’s Great Southern wine region to Tasmania and this one is from Pentland Hills in the Port Phillip wine region in Victoria. St Anne’s Winery sources grapes from around Victoria and New South Wales to produce an exciting range of wines for us to consume (thank you very much!).
Recently the team sent me a few samples including this 2018 Port Phillip Riesling. It literally lasted about 2 seconds unopened in my house.
It’s a Riesling that is made in a ‘fruit and acid driven’ style as they put it and retails for $22. The vines were planted back in 1974 and they sit at 450m altitude on conglomerate glacial deposited sandy clay loam soils.
For this wine, the grapes were hand harvested and the final product was bottled in August 2018.
My notes on the wine are:
It’s a pale yellow colour in the glass. On the nose it makes me think of lime shortbread (is that a thing? If it isn’t, I think it definitely should be!), green apples and it simply oozes freshness and crispness. In the mouth it has a rather silky texture with a lick of minerality and those lime and apple flavours come through from the nose.
Sorry G&Ts, but there’s a new mid-afternoon refreshment stealing the show!
Please note: All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
This bottle was sent to me as a sample direct from the winery.
My wine socks (see below) weren’t the only things we bought at Puddleduck Vineyard in the Coal River Valley in Tasmania – we were also quite partial to their 2018 Riesling for $30.
We visited the cellar door on Easter Sunday and it’s safe to say it’s a hot spot for locals and visitors – it was simply bustling. As the tasting counter was full to the brim, we got to door our tasting at a table which made it nice and relaxed in amongst all the hustle and bustle.
Some fun facts about the family owned and operated Puddleduck:????
They have an energy neutral winery
Reverse BYO is their unique concept where you’re invited to bring your own food & buy beverages from them
They have one of the best collections of fun wine accessories I’ve seen, hence the wine socks!
Now, what is their dry Riesling like..?
Here are my notes:
Pale lemon-lime color on the eye. The nose is full of lime, feijoa, green apple, and minerality. While in the mouth it’s everything you want on a Riesling – fresh, crisp and refreshing. It went wonderfully with our dips & cheeses after a long hard day of wine tasting.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
I looove that there are so many dry Rieslings around now. Riesling has had a bit of a reputation as being sweet, which turned a lot of people off. However, winemakers have heard our calls and there’s now an abundance of dry style Riesling around. Continue reading →