I love a good dry Riesling and in my opinion, Mt Barker in WA’s Great Southern wine region produces some darn tasty ones! Hence why I picked this for this months TC Wine Club box from The Wine Gallery.
This 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’.
Anywho, 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