2016 Stargazer Riesling Coal River Tasmania (Previously $30)

SKU #1318548 97 points James Halliday

 From the Palisander Vineyard, whole bunch-pressed, fermented in stainless steel, old oak and a ceramic egg, 2 months on lees with stirring. The complex vinification has worked perfectly: the wine has intense lime juice and lime zest flavours, but even more striking is the opulent juiciness of the mouthfeel before acidity on the finish cleanses the mouth.

96 points Bob Campbell

 The palate is intense and delicate, refined and frisky, with wonderful vitality which is a sheer joy to taste. The back-palate and finish are loaded with juicy fruit and mouth-watering acidity in perfect harmony. Impressive wine. (HH - The Real Review)

K&L Notes

94 points Wine Front: "It has that extra sizzle. This is a riesling to lap up and enjoy – as you marvel at it. There’s a slip of sweetness and plenty of citrussy acidity; there’s a floral abundance but also gentle input from sweeter, crystallised fruits. It both sears and seduces, and manages to do it in harmony."

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
Open, spice-laden aromas give way to a lovely medium body with great acidity and freshness. The wine is perfectly balanced, with a hint of sweet stone fruit, complementing the exotic and mineral elements. I'd love to try this with a nice curry dish or perhaps some Stilton and dried fruit.

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- 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.


- 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.