Your riesling cheat sheet
expression of the places they came from.
After a comprehensive sideby-side tasting in January, I started to get the hang of these nuances and it’s helped me to identify them (sometimes correctly) in masked line ups. Porongurup riesling Overall delicate, floral aromatics but with quietly powerful, focused palates.
Lovely balance; granite, floral, satisfying; succulent acidity. Closer to the coast than the other two regions, so has a higher humidity and is the coolest of the sub regions.
Pick of the bunch: 2014 Cherubino Porongurup Riesling, RRP $35, 18.6 points, winemaker Larry Cherubino. Mt Barker riesling There are more than three Mt Barker Rieslings worth looking at.
Overall there is more minerality in these wines than Porongurup as Ironstone ridge runs from Manjimup to Denmark.
They are tightly wound with plenty of musk and talc.
Pick of the bunch: 2014 West Cape Howe, Mt Barker Riesling, RRP $20, 18.1 points, winemaker Gavin Berry. Frankland River riesling Austere, lean, need time, ageworthy, high acid and crunchy. The region experiences high diurnal range.
Pick of the bunch: 2014 Alkoomi Frankland River Riesling, RRP $24, 18 points, winemaker Andrew Cherry.