La Violetta Das Sakrileg Riesling 2016

assakrilegA wine that in a few short vintages has rocketed to the top of my riesling list. Kudos to perennially red-shirted winemaker Andrew Hoadley. A wild fermented riesling that hangs out in old oak puncheons for its pre-bottle life. Sourced from varying vineyards in the region. “I’m trying to make a wine with a touch of spritz”, Hoadley explains. Not sure if he is serious or not. He does explain he likes the mineral-charged feel of German rieslings, and seeks similar. Like it anyway.

Bright lemon/lime scents, really ultra citrusy, sniff of sweet cream, dusting of peanut/cashew nuttiness. Fine start. The palate is electric, zingy with slate and cool, grapefruity acidity. Great length, good intensity. Flavours rush, freshness bursts. Glass shard texture. Big refreshment, tension, refreshment factor. Das ist gut.

Tasted : NOV16
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2025
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