2004 Bird in Hand Riesling Clare Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $18)

SKU #1050656

90 points in the Wine Spectator: "Beautiful ripe pear, apple and peppery-floral aromas and flavors on a dry, lean frame, exploding with character as the flavors persist with clarity. Drink now through 2014. 2,000 cases made." (May 05) The distributor of this wine found this hidden gem in one of their warehouses stored perfectly but forgotten. You never know how these things go until you taste them but when we did we all agreed we should lose some riesling in our warehouse for a few years if they were going to turn out this good, if only all forgotten wines could develop this nicely. The wine definitely has evolved characteristics that make it utterly intriguing. Floral, dried pear and pineapple, oodles of mineral flavors and a note of petrol. This is crystalline classically dry riesling with purity and focus. Fans of Australian, Austrian, Alsatian and German riesling should be delighted with the quality here. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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 By: GZ |  Review Date: 3/18/2010 
Whoa - gasoline, paraffin, kerosene, jet fuel, you get the idea. Impossible to get past that smell. At least now I know what "gout petrol" means.

 By: red wine  |  Review Date: 11/10/2009 
Pure gasoline.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Clare Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 11.5