Renowned international wine website JamesSuckling.com has reviewed West Australian Rieslings finding ten of the best are from the Great Southern cementing the region’s reputation for producing outstanding Riesling.
Leading wine commentator and contributor to JamesSuckling.com Nick Stock, emphasised:
“The region can deliver on a huge range of varietals and wine styles – there’s such an interesting offering with winemakers striving to be inventive and unique.”
“Explore these wines with confidence, they represent outstanding value in a global sense and you can (literally) taste the beauty of this remote Western Australian wine region in every single glass.”
Given the recent reports from Great Southern producers about the exceptional fruit quality from the 2020 vintage, wine lovers can expect greatness from the region’s Rieslings in the future. Check them out below and grab a bottle direct.
Frankland Estate – Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling (97 points)
With elegant, floral notes and citrus notes of lime and grapefruit, Frankland Estate’s Riesling, made from organically grown grapes, has a sleekly defined palate and pithy core, with an exceptionally long finish.
Cherubino Riesling Porongrup 2019 (95 points)
Pale quartz in colour, the bouquet has lime and apple with chalky minerality, following through with flavours of lime and spices. With good acidity and soft texture, this is great wine to pair with grilled sardines.
Forest Hill Vineyard Riesling Mount Barker Block 2 2019 (94 points)
With aromas of citrus zest, grapefruit and yellow fruits, the Forest Hill Block 2 Riesling offers a racy, textured palate.
Singlefile Riesling Mount Barker Single Vineyard 2019 (93 points)
A dry riesling produced from vines planted in 1971, the wine displays intense citrus flavours of lemon and lime with subtle minerality.
Kerrigan + Berry Riesling Mount Barker 2019 (94 points)
Made from grapes from the historic Langton Vineyard in Mount Barker, the Kerrigan + Berry Riesling offers a palate of fine, vibrant acids and lingering citrus flavours. Appealing and refreshing in its first year, it develops into a toasty, complex wine when cellared for up to 10 years.
Brave New Wine Riesling Great Southern Sunshine & Hercules 2019 (93 points)
Naturally fermented in ceramic egg and French oak, this exciting offering from Brave New Wine is bottled unfiltered, with excellent flavour and natural acid.
Plantagenet Riesling Great Southern Angevin 2019 (93 points)
Tightly wound acidity underpins an incredible purity of fruit with fresh finger lime and lemon curd notes. A structured wine, the wet stone minerality provides drive and a crisp, dry finish with great length.
Castle Rock Estate Riesling Great Southern A&W 2018 (93 points)
Named in honour of the founders of Castle Rock Estate, the wine is made from grapes that are hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed, before being fermented with solids and left on lees for 2 months. The result is a wine with some savouriness which complements the pure Riesling characters.
Goon Tycoons Riesling Frankland River Super Model 2019 (93 points)
Cold fermented, low solids and free run only, the glamour of this ‘picture perfect’ Riesling is all about fruit purity and crisp acidity, with refreshing florals and citrus.
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Howard Park Riesling Great Southern Porongrup 2019 (93 points)
Made from single site 30-year-old Riesling vines, the wine highlights the singular characteristics of the fruit, with vibrant floral notes, fine acidity and persistence of flavour.