Tar & Roses home is in Nagambie Central Victoria and produces wines inspired by classic varietals from the Mediterranean and was named after the signature characteristics of Nebbiolo. The name also ties back to the winemaking team behind the venture, the legendary Don Lewis and his winemaking partner Narelle King. Following the passing of Don in 2017 this represents the final vintage of his great career with Narelle now carrying on the Tar & Roses tradition in 2018 and beyond.
From one of Australia's best Riesling winemakers, comes this impeccably structured wine. It's overflowing with orange and quince blossom and hints of mint and thyme. Deliciously mouth-filling, the palate explodes with lemon and lime flavours that take you all the way to a crisp, dry, lingering finish.
The late Don Lewis was a superlative maker of riesling and in his time at Mitchelton fashioned some of Australia's best. His winemaking partner, Narelle King, produces a fine wine in homage with his signature-style striking aromatics: lime skin, spring blossom, grapefruit, leatherwood honey. A solid riesling profile drives the palate with citrus pith and peel, finishing with a ping of zingy acidity. Concentrated, yes, but there is a developing savouriness which is moreish. A keeper. Drink to: 2030; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
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