2015 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling

Year: 2015

Producer: Leeuwin Estate

Region: Margaret River, Australia

Grape(s): Riesling

Alcohol: 12%

Body: Medium

Dry/Sweet: Dry

Tasting Notes: Granny Smith Apple, Lime, Minerals, Lemon Citrus Zest, Floral

Pairings: Soft cows cheese, sushi/sashimi/nigiri, Vietnamese cuisine

Price (approximately): $15

 

My Musings:

There is a reason why Riesling is cultishly discussed amongst sommeliers and wine enthusiasts. Tremendous structure and complexity, wonderful expressions of fruit, aging potential and flexibility in pairing. This wine has it all. While most may characterize Riesling as a sweet wine, there are plenty of specimens on the dry side of the spectrum that are crisp, mineral- and citrus-driven delights. This wine is a perfect example at a bargain price. 

Margaret River, a coastal region located south of Perth in western Australia, is unequivocally one of my favorite wine regions of Australia. Comprised primarily of small botique wineries and breweries, it can be difficult to procure wines from this appellation outside of Australia, but a diligent search is well-rewarded with tremendous, intensely-flavored wines. Margaret River enjoys extraordinary growing conditions, with a maritime climate providing consistent temperatures throughout the ripening season and a dry growing season. Known for Cabernet Sauvignon, it also produces Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. It is hard to find a more enjoyable region to drink and to visit than Margaret River.  A perfect place for wine and surfing — is there a better combination?! I feel a vacation coming on ...

This wine was dry with citrus lime and lemon zest bursting from the glass, along with honeysuckle and Granny Smith apple and lots of minerality. An expressive wine with bright acidity and a long, dry finish. This is definitely one of my favorite Rieslings in this price range. Truly enjoyable.

In Honolulu, pick up a bottle at Fujioka's Wine Times. Be sure to purchase more than one bottle; you will definitely need it! 

Cheers!