2014 Alkoomi Estate "Old Vine - Black Label" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia

SKU #1202818 97 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Estate-grown 40yo vines, and only free-run juice, gives the wine a flying start. Its intensity is exceptional, driving along the palate with high speed, the Bickford's lime juice flavours running unabated through the finish and well into the lingering aftertaste. An exceptional wine.

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2015 | Send Email
A compact, slightly reticent, yet characteristic, dry Riesling nose of bright citric fruits and petrol leads to a very focused, linear palate, not lacking in acidity or dry extract. It's bone dry and so impressive for the price. Also, at its current youthful state it is bound to improve immensely, even if you drink a few bottles now and revisit this wine just several months from now. A great new find from the intrepid Ryan Woodwhouse....

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2015 | Send Email
Unbelievably racy with tons of flinty, petrol notes. You would think this is classic German-style trocken, but it's not. It's a crazy deal from Western Australia, a region that lately has been making more good white wine than just about anywhere on the planet. Bone dry. So dry your teeth will hurt.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2015 | Send Email
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Absolutely classic Riesling nose, fusel with underlying mineral, "dry as a bone" without a doubt but such complex stone character. On the palate DRY and not floral but pure, long, great acidity, just an outstanding wine.
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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2015 | Send Email
Woowzer! What an intense wine! This is super racy, zesty, Riesling. Bone dry, with mouthwatering, electric acidity and a powerful granitic minerality. The old vines give great intensity of fruit, more mid-palate texture and depth. A powerful, lip smacking wine, with the acidity and drive to last a long time in the cellar. Try this with oysters or eve some late season Dungeness Crab...no need for the lemon wedges...just crack and slurp.
Top Value!

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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.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12