2013 Glaetzer-Dixon "Überblanc" Riesling Tasmania

SKU #1208894 96 points James Suckling

 An eerily Germanic accent to the nose of this wine (just as you get from the name), this has a fascinating fragrance to it with deep and ripe fruit aromas of nectarine, peach and baked yellow apple, plenty of spice, yellow and white flowers too. It sharpens aromatically with air, turning more citrusy and tight. The soft texture of this riesling really caresses the palate, smooth and even; it makes a hint at sweetness and yet has immense clarity and pared back zesty appeal. This is packed with rich lime fruit flavor. A clever wine from the pristine island of Tasmania, made with skill and inspiration - what more can you possibly want!

93 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* As much about texture as it is about flavour; though it lacks none of the latter. Apple, mandarin and lime notes with a slip of sweetness; it feels easy-going and delicious for the most part but then thrusts dry, complex flavour out through the finish, like a twist in the tale. All the while, it feels velvety on your tongue.  (7/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Light, bright yellow. Mineral-laced peach, melon and pear skin aromas are vibrant and pure. Focused and dry on the palate, offering vivid citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a spicy gingery quality. Finishes with refreshing mineral lift and thrust, leaving a subtle floral note behind. (JR)  (7/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Uberblanc Riesling gives expressive lemon and lanolin notes with nuances of grapefruit peel, baker's yeast and fresh hay. Light, dry and ethereal in the mouth, it dances on the palate with spritely citrus fruit freshness and pleasant chalkiness, finishing long and pure. Still very youthful, a few more years in bottle should open it out into something very special. (LPB)  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Light and silky, with a hint of sweetness to the pear, almond and floral flavors, gliding easily into a long, dry finish. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2015)

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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.
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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 wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley 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 and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. 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. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.9