Friday, July 18, 2008

Stonehaven Australian Winemaker's Riesling, 2005

Served with a salad of fresh greens and fruit with blue cheese and fresh raspberry vinaigrette, this wine was a distinct disappointment.

A petroleum smell is considered typical of some Rieslings, but this wine has it to a fault. Motor oil here and none of the fresh flowers or peachy fruit of a good German or Alsace Riesling. Has some acidity, but it's basically too heavy for a Riesling and lacking in fruit and floral elements. It may be that this bottle has been improperly stored or has lost its freshness. It was, however, a pretty good backdrop for the raspberry/blue cheese flavors dominating the salad.

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