Xabregas Riesling – Mount Barker, Great Southern

Please find my notes below for the 2017 and 2018 Xabregas Rieslings from Mount Barker in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

Xabregas 2018 Riesling

After trying the 2017 Reisling below, the lovely team at Xabregas in WA’s Great Southern wine region offered to send both me and my Mum a bottle of the 2018 Riesling to try – how sweet is that 🙂 Thank you Xabregas!

I decided to match it with some homemade pho and it went down an absolute treat. In fact it was a super refreshing meal.

As you’ll see from the back label, it’s definitely on the dry end of the spectrum for a Riesling – which is my style of Riesling and my Mum’s too.

Here are my notes for the 2018:

In the glass it’s a pale shade of yellow. On the nose it is super fresh with the hallmark Riesling minerality and plenty of citrus (lemon, lime and grapefruit). That citrus-driven nature flows through to the palate with a lick of fresh juicy pears and wow, it’s extremely gluggable if I do say so myself.

This bottle was sent to me directly from Xabregas to taste, I was under no obligation to post about it.

Xabregas 2017 Riesling

Tasted 28 May 2019
Xabregas 2017 Riesling - Mount Barker
For #thetcwineclub May delivery, I asked my Mum to choose the 3-bottles seeing as it was Mother’s Day earlier in the month.

My Mum loves her crisp dry Riesling which is why this Xabregas 2017 Riesling from WA’s Great Southern region made the cut.

This West Australian Riesling comes from 20 year old vines. It’s drinking well now however I reckon it’ll also do well in the cellar for a few more years.

I found it a pale lemon shade in the glass. On the nose it’s super fresh with pear and lemon & lime notes coming through for me. While in the mouth juicy pear and apple flavours tempt the palate alongside minerality snd a nice big lick of lime. Very refreshing.

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All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Xabregas 2017 Riesling

Tasted 19 December 2018

Xabregas Wines 2017 Mt Barker RieslingThis Xabregas Wines 2017 Riesling is produced by the Hogan family who established the brand in 1996. I did some googling into why the name ‘Xabregas’ but couldn’t find much more than the name ‘represents versatility, enthusiasm, agility and unconventional methods.’ I wonder if this is why they picked it?!

Update: Xabregas commented on my social media post saying: “Xabregas was chosen when our founders visited the portside town of Xabregas in Portugal. It was there the dream of returning home and creating the Xabregas Estate”

On the back label, you’ll see the International Riesling Foundation (IRF) slider to tell you where the wine sits on the dry to sweet scale. This appears on all the Xabregas Rieslings and I think it’s a great idea. I still hear a lot of people say they won’t go near a Riesling because ‘they’re all sweet’.

Any who, I found this one a pale lemon-grey shade in the glass. Fresh minerality, florals and citrus notes rise from the glass. I also get some petroleum which I know is for aged Rieslings however even Mr Spittoon made the same comment, maybe both out sniffers are off? In the mouth, it’s full of juicy lime and grapefruit citrus with some crunchy apples. Super refreshing just like the salad we had with it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #gifted #opinionsaremyown #tcweekdaywine

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