Yep, it’s the summer of Riesling…and the Clare Valley may as well be the longest day, arguably the zenith of the variety in Australia.
Kirrihill make good value and excellent drinking wines and these two Rieslings are no exception.
Clare Valley Vineyard Selection Watervale Riesling 2014
I must admit to not being sure of this wine when I first opened it. A little all over the place and angular. Day 1.5 and all is forgiven. Big ups for the brown glass Flute d’Alsace bottle too.
Soft lime and lemon sherbet, inherently rock/white quartz like “minerality” on the nose. Pure flavours of racy lime citrus, zip along with oxymoronic dryness of wet stone. Restraint of flesh being shown as is proper of any Clare lass this young. Virginal.
Kirrihill Regional Range Clare Valley Riesling 2014
Well, if the Watervale is the chaste one, this little sister just might do what her big sister doesn’t. A blend of Clare Valley regions, there’s a lot more blossom sweetness to the nose. Talc, bath soaps and finally soft lime. The palate is fuller, richer and more giving, yet maintains a required ‘playing hard to get’ acidity.
A show of an ankle under a petticoat…she’ll give up more in the short term than her sister, so hard to pass her up for tonight.