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Now here's a Riesling that's raring to go. Express Winemakers' aim is to craft "drink now wines with interest", and they've nailed the brief with this wine. Coming from one of the oldest vineyards in the Frankland River region of southern WA the fruit has real purity and intensity, with extra texture and interest added in through wild yeasts, some time in older oak and a small amount of residual sugar. Nicely made wine from excellent fruit and all-around fun drinking.
What it Tastes Like
"Guzzle with impunity. It’s floral, flighty perfume of lemonade, orange peel, lemon sorbet. Palate is kin to melted lemon sorbet without the overt sweetness, just a kiss of the sugar then light nuttiness and tart acidity peel the wine away. It’s fine, fresh, steely, good. Gooder than good. Bravo." - Mike Bennie
This wild-fermented, unfined or filtered wine comes from the sandy granitic soils of one of Frankland’s oldest vineyards. A short time on skins and no settling prior to a spontaneous yet extended fermentation have leant some crunchy phenolics and plenty of distinctive flavours.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Express Winemakers Ryan O’Meara and Pete Pedro haven’t been around all that long. 2011 was their maiden vintage, but in that short amount of time they have made a lot of friends. Their wines focus on “balanced vineyards from around Western Australia’s Great Southern region with unique character”, and they are a terrific example of the ever-rising tidal wave of young and funky WA producers reinventing the west!
Frankland River is rapidly becoming one of WA’s most important wine-producing regions. With a cooler climate than Margaret River, it offers amazing scope for the exploration of varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Shiraz. The wines have an elegance and a finesse to them and at this point are remarkably good value. One of the jewels of the Great Southern area that has a big future ahead of it.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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