Dinner with the crew (Chatswood, Sydney): Shy on the nose straight out of the bottle, it opens up eventually to show apple, honey and some pine. The palate is drier than I expected, with only a slight richness remaining and giving a more off-dry impression. The palate is holding its freshness and acidity well, it has good length as well. A nice wine for the vintage, but doesn't have the depth of a truly great wine.
Riesling Tribute: the wines of Fritz Haag @ my place (Netherlands): Opens slightly stale (rainwater, mossy rocks), but after a while nuances of damp earth, smoked salmon, shot game, Poire Williams and baked bananas. Very fine and filigreed, good poise and freshness. Seemed to decline in the glass, but was still lively and well defined when I had another glass a few hours later. 17.5/20 (AP #15-86)
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