Thank heavens for the IRF scale on the back label of this wine which indicates the level of sweetness (caused by residual sugar left after the fermentation process has finished). For all of the Riesling revolution and current antipodean favour of near razor sharp releases, medium sweet Rieslings still have a place at the table: perfect for washed rind cheese and fragrant white meat/fish dishes.
Giesen, Riesling, Marlborough/Waipara, 2015
Aromas of mandarin citrus mix with light lime marmalade, quince, beeswax and sponge cake/icing. The sweetness is immediately evident on the palate with similar flavours as the nose. The acidity cuts too late, leaving a slightly hollow mid palate after the soft fruit front. Suited for food matching without too much thinking: I’d be happy with a glass and some chilli squid.
RRP: $16.99 (AU)
Wine sample courtesy of Giesen Estate