Shy Susan Riesling 12pk 2017
After working with Tasmanian fruit for nearly two decades, Glenn James with his wife, Jo Marsh, have released a range of truly unique wines from some of Tasmania’s most exciting vineyards. Glenn's role as Chief Winemaker for Winemaking Tasmania comes with some pretty good perks, not least of which is the ability to year-on-year, see which vineyards are producing the best fruit. This access has given Glenn and Jo the ability to pick and choose from the 'best of the best', and attack the Shy Susan project with a no-compromise approach. Select small parcels of fruit are crafted to reflect variety, vineyard and the stylistic approach forged from Glenn’s skill and experience.
Shy Susan Riesling 2017
Tasmanian riesling from two mature vineyards in the Coal River Valley (67%) and the Huon Valley (33%). Indeed the Coal River Valley portion is from the Elsewhere Vineyard. Winemaker Glenn James describes the combination of vineyards here as “one is a very cold site, producing very lean wines; wines that won’t evolve ever”, the other is a warmer site producing “punchier” wines. Easy to see the thinking behind their combination.
Orange blossom, lime, red apples. Almost see licorice here. Incredible texture. Incredible elegance. “It shows off my knowledge of ‘the art of blending’, from my experience at large companies,” James says. This is a wine that puts the word ‘lilt’ onto centre stage. It’s dry but it feels off-dry; it’s the weight of fruit. It’s about as beguiling as a young white wine can be. Bit of a wow moment.
Rating: 94 Points
Source: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front