Treat for tastebuds
TO extol the considerable virtues of Tasmanian wines is an easy exercise.
They are great and it would be remiss to not share this discovery.
The Frogmore Creek riesling from the picturesque Coal River Valley in Tasmania is a superstar.
It is everything I want from a riesling – pure fruit clarity on the palate, high acidity and a long lingering finish. It is a happy experience. There are two winemakers responsible for this wine, John Brown and Alain Rousseau, who hails from the Loire Valley in France and spent time at Domaine A and Moorilla before making the move to Frogmore in 2004.
The 2014 vintage provided good yields in the whites (with the exception of chardonnay, which was low) and lower than usual for the pinot.
Wine of the week: 2014 Frogmore Creek riesling, Coal River Valley. Tasmania
What a gorgeous, delicate nose – kiwi, cumquat, spicy sandalwood, jasmine florals and a soft, talcy minerality.
The palate has tight acid and lovely balance so I would gladly finish the bottle.
It is modern and fresh with hardly any residual sugar to speak of (less than 5gm/L) and balanced by higher acidity (higher than the 1gm/L in the 2013).
Yet the fruit sweetness on the palate would make me swear blind there was more that makes it perfectly in balance.
The fruit is sustainably grown, 12.8 per cent ABV and 10.2gm/L acidity. 18.5 points, RRP $24.
2014 Frogmore Creek riesling.