Yellowish. Kerosene on the nose. Quite sour on the palate. Fruits have already dissipated, leaving hints of minerality and saline. Very dry. Lacks mid-palate intensity and dissipates quite fast on the finish. After some air it became more diluted. Drink up.
Bottle nr. 01587. Tasted over three days. Yellowish colour, with a green tinge. On the 2nd day, the the green tinge was still visible, but the general colour had turned to a full yellow. A kerosene nose to begin. A lot more terpenes than since my previous note, yet these fade with time and almost completely disappear on the third day. Once the kerosene fades, there are floral, yellowish fruit notes which turn pungent with time, with touches of talc, vanilla, grapefruit and anise. Resembles a Rheingau, if one is to ask for a comparison. A complex nose. Despite the obvious, mature Australian cool climate riesling flavour profile, the mouth is almost ascetic. There is still a bit of spritzig here! Good purity. Lacking a bit of oomph, but the slight note of natural sweetness makes me think positively about the wine. Yet the very high lemony acid spoils the overall impression. Adds length over the three days and holds up very well, but the acid makes me restrict my rating to a very good plus (which is a notch above my previous note, due to the greater complexity showing on the nose). This should keep for another 10 years.
Judgment of Singapore: Part 2 - Riesling and Cabernet (Ubin Seafood, Sin Ming Indistrial Estate): I thought that this was very decent, but such was the high standard of the 6 dry Rieslings on the night that it was voted both my and the group's least favourite. The nose was quite unusual, with nutty nuances and a noticeable amount of kerosene, strong whiffs of ripe lemon, some stony mineral accents and then strange little whiff of blueberry in there somewhere. The palate was enjoyable, if not quite the most serious or complex of wines, with those strange little notes of sweet blueberries and even dark cherries at the fore chased by bright citrussy lemon and grapefruit flavours. There was some really zippy acidity running through the whole package into a ripe finish that had a little of the tropical in it, with pineapple and jackfruit nuances here and there. It was just a bit unconvincing on the back-palate I thought, with the fruit and the acidity sticking out at rather awkward angles, but overall, quite a pleasant drink nonetheless. I am not sure this will improve all that much with time though.
Riesling Rampage (Asquith, Australia): Light floral notes with musk, honey and chalk. Palate has some richness to it, finishing crisp and clean. In a good spot for drinking now, it isn't in danger of falling over but I think it won't improve much.
Bottle nr. 01515. Closure: screwcap Region: Barossa. 12% alcohol. Consumed over two days. Green tinged yellowish colour. The nose is more kerosene than petrol, with waxy, paraffin notes coming out later. It takes some time for pungent yellow fruit to show. Out of a half-bottle on the 2nd day, the wine had shed the kerosene and waxy character to allow more of the pungency to show. Medium body. Quite round. Vanilla flavour ahead of the pungent fruit. Green acidity. Initially, the wine ends abruptly at the middle and the finish is weak. After a while it adds to its length. Yes, definite improvement on the 2nd day. Dry and made in an austere Rheingau-style. A very good wine at the end, but I did expect more. There isn’t enough nuance or concentration of flavours that would make me choose it over a Qualitatswein Trocken from a good Rheingau producer at half the price.
Great lime-petrol-honey nose with a hint of (non-oaky) creaminess.
In the mouth rather lightbodied (12% alcohol) and very focused with lively, razorsharp acidity. Some citrus, peach, cream and honey flavours on the palate - but I'm guessing that this wine is at least 3-5 years from it's peak.
Disappointing given some of the reviews. Dry and dull, lacking in fruit for my palate, and no minerality or other flavors to fill the void. Perhaps we had an off bottle, but this wine did not deliver for me.
A quiet Rhone night; 8/17/2007-8/18/2007 (At home with Mark and Keiko): Wow a step up from the 05 which I bought at the same time. The clarity of the wine is almost like the crystal and catches the light as well. Balance is spot on with wonderful citrus fruit; pomelo, grapefruit, lemon and limes as well as granny smith apples. Piercing long finish with a hint of chalk which isn't really to my liking - seems to produce a hollow spot but this is wonderful.
Something of a disappointment after reading some very positive reviews of this. A bit one-dimensional with lots of lemon and grapefruit, plenty of acidity and a long finish. Not subtle, but still pretty good.
WineAustralia Expo 2006 (Darling Harbour): Nothing mirrors the reality of the compromises wrought by commercialism better than the history of Steingarten riesling. The driving vision is of a single stony, rocky, inhospitable Rheingau-like vineyard making great wine in the best years. Later, it expands to include the best fruits from all the Eden valley, presented in a limited release annually (a few hundred cases at worst). Now, it’s inherited the Barossa (and Jacob's Creek) tag, production has increased drastically, and it’s nothing special at all. Even into the late nineties the wines could be sensational (assuming you found one with a decent cork – no mean feat). This 03 Steingarten is a thick, heavily phenolic wine with some citrus and lime fruit hints, but lacking acidity and verging on downright unpleasant. I don’t think this is just an aging slump. Nasty wine.