Interesting, but a bit disjointed. The predominant flavor is key lime. It also has a touch of ginger and some petrol on the finish. Acid is there, too, but it pops up at the end, rather than providing a solid backbone through the entire experience. The overall sensation is of a wine that was made, rather than grown.

WHO: Wakefield
WHAT: Riesling
WHERE: Clare Valley, Australia
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $10 (Media sample)

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2 Responses

  1. Jim Caudill

    Always interesting to read a variety of reviews of the same wine. Here’s what a pair of other notable folks had to say about this wine:

    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits
    90 Points/Exceptional/Best Buy
    “This has powerful, schist acidity and more fat to its fruit than any Riesling has a right to. The peach and pineapple richness is checked by that laser-like acidity. Chill this for roast marron.” October, 2010

    Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
    89 Points/Very Good
    A Wine With Special Qualities
    “Crisp and light, with pretty apple, quince and mineral aromas and flavors, lingering nicely on the pure finish. Drink now through 2013.” June 30, 2010

    Okay, I’ll confess: I had to go in search of roast marron.

    This is an off-dry style that cuts through the heat of some spicy Asian dishes, best served chilled to the roast marron….

  2. David Honig
    David Honig


    That is interesting. I always say there isn’t a right reviewer or a wrong reviewer. The key is to find one that matches your palate.