Riesling

D'Arenberg Dry Dam Riesling 2020

Vintage
2020
Size
750ml
Type
White
Alcohol
10%
Varietal
Riesling
Grapes
Riesling
Winery
D'Arenberg
Region
South Australia
Country
Australia
90 AVG
Cellar for up to 4 years. Serve chilled.

D’Arenberg in Australia’s McLaren Vale might be best known for its old vine Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, but they also produce some sensational whites like this crisp dry Riesling. According to the winery its named after the dam built by their neighbours in 1992 which failed to hold water.

Unlike those unfortunate farmers, d’Arenberg makes this wine without irrigating their old Riesling vines. The lack of water forces the vines to dig deep for moisture, creating low yields and aromatic, intensely-flavoured grapes with plenty of character. Once in the winery the grapes are crushed and chilled before undergoing a long, cool fermentation process which is stopped early to leave a tiny bit of residual sugar to balance the high acidity.

Bright green apple, lemon and subtle floral notes dominate on the nose, while on the palate there are hints of ripe pear, lime and tangy sherbet. The mouthwatering freshness and light body make this a great wine to share with friends as an aperitif or to savour alongside fresh oysters, spicy Asian salads, or sushi. It’s ideal to drink now, although it can also be kept for a few more years if desired.
 
Description
Cellar for up to 4 years. Serve chilled.

D’Arenberg in Australia’s McLaren Vale might be best known for its old vine Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, but they also produce some sensational whites like this crisp dry Riesling. According to the winery its named after the dam built by their neighbours in 1992 which failed to hold water.

Unlike those unfortunate farmers, d’Arenberg makes this wine without irrigating their old Riesling vines. The lack of water forces the vines to dig deep for moisture, creating low yields and aromatic, intensely-flavoured grapes with plenty of character. Once in the winery the grapes are crushed and chilled before undergoing a long, cool fermentation process which is stopped early to leave a tiny bit of residual sugar to balance the high acidity.

Bright green apple, lemon and subtle floral notes dominate on the nose, while on the palate there are hints of ripe pear, lime and tangy sherbet. The mouthwatering freshness and light body make this a great wine to share with friends as an aperitif or to savour alongside fresh oysters, spicy Asian salads, or sushi. It’s ideal to drink now, although it can also be kept for a few more years if desired.
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