Yep, the summer of Riesling is here. And with stinking hot weather all over the country, drinking in the sun can be a dangerous pastime: So praise be for the low alcohol wines! I don’t meant those that have had the perfectly good alcohol removed by a scientific contraption of a micro filter…I mean well picked fruit that is fermented just to the right mark and then stopped. Leaving behind a crisp, slightly sweet yet utterly refreshing wine.
The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery in the Barossa are the custodians of some ancient Shiraz vines, but here they’ve looked to the cooler Eden Valley for their Rieslings. This is wine to drink when waiting for the Shiraz to ripen…
Soft and sherberty on the nose, with lemongrass and dilute ginger-water. Tangy lemon/lime on spritz on the palate, with plenty of crisp apple acidity making the teeth know you’ve got a young Riesling in the glass. Residual sugar pushing the sweetness up on the International Riesling Foundation© scale provides fullness. There’s nothing fancy about this wine, but it’s lovely to drink on a hot summer’s day.
Wine sample courtesy of Langmeil