Schmolzer and Brown Riesling Obstgarten Selction 2022


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Region: King Valley
Grapes: Riesling
First Glance: Apricot, Florals, Textural, Racy
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:

For the German Riesling nuts: this wine most closely sits in an Auslese Feinherb style, with 41g/ L residual sugar and 10.0% alcohol. There’s enough botrytis character on board to give the wine that lovely characteristic breadthening on the palate and a little apricot character, but it’s not what an Australian drinker would call a ‘sticky’.

Candied peel, orange juice, apricot kernel and hints of paraffin. Lush and rounded but restrained with tight natural acidity. There’s a lovely fresh pulpy apricot intensity to it, with some dried rose petal and peach juice notes and just enough botrytis character to give the wine a lovely texture. This wine rewards a ten minute decant in advance of drinking to allow the complexities to open up.

The Review:
Tom Kline, Wine Pilot - 95pts
"Perfectly ripe apricot aromas waft from the glass on first pour. A swirl unlocks aromas of peach skin, orange blossom, orange cake, lime skin, and glimmer of candied lemon peel. There's a good hit of residual sugar and glycerol through the palate bringing texture and viscous, luscious appeal. The palate is laden with apricot, peach and candied orange, all tempered and coiled by pithy phenolics and refreshingly clean acidity. As the wine warms, everything clicks into perfect harmony and pitch; something I've come to expect from Tessa and Jeremy's wines. Another classy release from VS&B."