Your ries­ling cheat sheet

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

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.

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