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Dry River Craighall Riesling 2019

I often look at our young Riesling to see a firm and apprehensive character.  The 2019 is less so; the wine is a little looser and more forthcoming.  The short heatwave in late January might have initiated a rapid onset of skin and tannin ripening to help the accessibility with the early harvest maintaining freshness.  The nose is open and soft natured, fresh and broad.  The bright look is upheld by citrus flesh, lemon rind and white flowers.  Granny Smith apple, mandarin juice and menthol spice make the nose seductive and inviting to continue the journey.

On the palate we see an equally gentle personality too. The friendly entrance builds rapidly with an effortless movement slowing down in the centre to add weight and focus through lemon flowers, lime juice and anise.  The fruit intensifies towards the mid and finishes long with a precise and harmonious acidity, which gives the wine its “open” feel. 

The wine is approachable now, but will reward cellaring for another seven to ten years.