Great wines reflect their place of origin, and speak of the grape variety from which they are made. To achieve this goal Coates Wines has a no compromise approach to craft wines that blend the best in Australian and European winemaking styles, to bridge the gap between the fruit-driven Australian style and the savoury, complex wines of Old World Europe. The vineyards used to make the wines that bear the Coates label express purity of flavour that allow regional and varietal characters to be clearly articulated.
Hand-picked Kuitpo fruit. Natural ferment in old hogsheads (5+ years). Left on gross lees for 4 months. Minimal SO2 and zero adds otherwise, notably zero acidity, the bane of domestic riesling. Doing everything possible to avoid the ’dreaded’ kerosene notes of Oz riesling. An exercise in how to make riesling (too often shrill, battery acid-dry and brittle in this country) into a phalanx of optimally ripe fruit, the sort of juicy acidity that pulls the saliva from the back of the mouth with an elastic cadence and real textural intrigue. Class and complexity, the DNA. Kaffir lime, sure. Better, quince paste, tangerine, lemon meringue and a pungent mineral undercurrent. The older oak, servicing an expansive breadth that stains the cheeks. Thrilling length! Excellent wine. Drink to: 2028; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
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