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2009 Frisk "Prickly" Riesling-Muscat Gordo Victoria

SKU #1053824

This delightfuly refreshing wine is a blend of 83% Riesling, sourced from vines grown in the King Valley at the base of the Victorian Alps, and 17% Muscat Gordo that is from old vines in the Riverland. The fruit is chilled, crushed, pressed and fermented very cold and very slowly, then chilled to pull up the ferment and trap a small amount of natural carbon dioxide. Loosely based on an older German style, the wine is bright and lively with a slight sweetness and palate cleansing acidity. The nose sings with lime, apricot and peach that follow on the palate with a touch of a "prickly" texture. Also, as the weather warms up, this 8.7 % ABV wine will prove a classic summer sipper. Pair this with some young cheeses or spicy Asian food and you're good to go. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian wine buyer) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow, with a bubbly haze. Citrus rind, peach, smoke and ginger on the fragrant nose. Plump, ripe and sweet but almost shockingly lively, with very good clarity and cut to the flavors of pit fruits, spices, smoke and quinine. Tactile and energetic but also a touch sweet, finishing long and sappy. This singular wine is 8.7% alcohol, with a pH of 3.21 and 35 g/l of residual sugar. It is also an outstanding value and would be extremely flexible with spicy foods." (Jul/Aug 10)

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Alcohol Content (%): 8.7