A monthly review of an easily obtainable wine that’s had a recommendation somewhere in a National newspaper. Always posted just before the usual monthly theme, this may be the latest post for only a few days…

   Great Southern Riesling 2012
(Tingleup, W. Aus.) – 12% – Tesco £10

The November topic is Italian. So I thought an Australian white might form a fitting contrast for WOTM.

“Great Southern” is actually Australia’s largest wine region (at over 20,000 sq. km.). It is 200km East of the more famous Margaret River, along the South Coast of Western Australia, around Albany and Mount Barker. Relatively cool, it should make reasonable Rieslings.

The wine is pale and has a lovely, very typical Riesling nose: with Diesel and floral notes – citrus blossom and a hint of peach.

The palate shows dashing lemon / grapefruit acidity with a soda-ish hint. Elements of peachy richness subside a bit into a fresh, slightly honeyed and greengage finish.

The wine is a little short and narrow at first, but opens up with warmth and time to have a broader and more satisfying palate. However the length hardly improves, and the palate doesn’t live up to the nose on critical tasting.

With food (sweet and sour) the wine performed really well: quaffable, refreshing, clean and just enough honey and citrus notes to offset the food. It seemed better integrated and the length wasn’t an issue. Good value for just such situations.

Quality: 13/20            Value: 15/20