Not easily confused with Chanel No.5
Rieslingfreak No.5 Off-Dry Riesling 2011 (Clare Valley, SA)
11.5%, Screwcap, $20
I think that off-dry was a good option for many 2011 South Australian Rieslings, if purely just to counter the elevated acidity. There is still much tinkering to be done with the style though (for mine)…
It’s interesting to how forward many of these ’11 vintages Rieslings are considering their acidity levels though. That’s the perils of what was a shitty vintage (in most parts of SA) to grow grapes.
Anyway, this looks slightly advanced, with a quite juicy and round lemon-lime nose with a nice sherbety edge.
Authentic Clare sort fruit characters too if a bit ill-defined (though the RS doesn’t help with the definition). Limey palate looks broadish, finishing a
with softening sweetness and a twang of gritty citrus acidity. That acid
is just a bit gritty (in my opinion) but the sweetness looks about right. Falls away a fraction and shows some development on the finish too but still well built. Solid enough.
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