The hot weather is finally being consistent in Sydney, and I was pining for some Riesling refreshment. New South Wales has some wonderful Riesling terroir, and the Canberra district may lay claim to the title for the moment. Capital Wines have consistently graced the podiums of varying wine award ceremonies. These 2 Rieslings made it into the Top Wines of the NSW Wine Awards, with The Whip pipping it’s big brother by half a point and taking out the Trophy for “Best Young Dry White.” Though I was lucky to be an associate judge at those awards, I didn’t judge the young Rieslings, but I’m pretty sure I would have put these ones towards the top too. It’s just a shame that bonus points couldn’t be awarded for the use of brown glass for the Flutes d’Alsace!
2013 The Whip
Part of Capital’s cleverly named Ministry Series. The more you think about Riesling, the more apt the moniker of Whip becomes. 5th Vintage of this label for Capital.
Pale pale pale in the glass, belying the power inside. Expressive nose of white flowers, powdery talc, some beeswax and soft lemon.
CRACK! There’s crackling zing and juicy acid immediately dominating the front palate. Mouth puckering stuff. Lovely soft lemon/lime fruit that rises and falls like a bullwhip in flight and reminiscent of the melted bit of juice at the bottom of a Calippo icy pole wrapper. Delicate fruit and acid put together wonderfully.
Incredibly well priced and ready for right now or laying down for a while.
2013 Gundaroo Vineyard Riesling
Part of the Single Vineyard Series that showcases some exciting wines from Capital. This vineyard, now owned by Lambert Vineyards, was planted by Capital Wine’s Jenny and Mark Mooney in 1998. Something of a homecoming for the fruit. Well might Andrew McEwin put his signature on the label, I’d be bloody proud too.
This smells pure. Like stones polished with lemon. A little more of that talc and mineral nose. Palate long. Very long. Not as much apparent upfront acidity as The Whip, but still plenty of it. Quartz and rocks and lemons and apple and talc and mineral and acid and on it goes. Expressive now, but statuesque in build. Tall, taut and tight. Ready to be put away to unwind.
Both wines samples courtesy of Capital Wines