Shobbrook Riesling 2012
Soulful Riesling with layer upon layer of flavour. Crafted by one of the leading lights of less is more wine-making in Australia.
Producer: Tom Shobbrook
Eden Valley, Australia
Tom Shobbrook is a truly warm and affable character. When I met him for the first time and I went in with a good old English handshake, he grabbed me and gave me a good old Aussie hug. His winemaking approach mirrors this generous and open character. His wines are made sans pretension. I doubt he pays much attention to reviews and ratings, he’s solely interested in producing the best wines possible in any given vintage, as nature allows. This Riesling is from 50+ year old vines and he ferments it in ceramic jars. It’s not 100% clear, nor is it cloudy, but the appearance is confirmed by this wonderful texture when you gulp it down. Pure citrus tinged apples with a slight saline edge is what you get, its sooo delicious to drink and when I’ve been drinking it, it’s a proper blink and its gone kind of a wine. It’s not racy and laser sharp in style. It beats its own path and it’s a Riesling path you really should take a walk down. EXTREMELY LIMITED
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Nicely chilled but not super cold. The texture of this wine is what won me over, give it time and get to know it
Slivers of tuna carpaccio would be a pretty epic pairing. Anything you can eat with your fingers would get Tom’s seal of approval I reckon