Tag: Larry Cherubino Wines

Jul 07 2011

Buy Wine Ideas: Aged Australian Riesling – Beautiful Expressions of Terroir

Posted on July 07, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

As the Wine Spectator’s Harvey Steiman notes “Australia makes a unique style of Riesling that shows off the lovely stone fruit character of the grape, often weaving in floral, citrus and mineral flavors, hanging them all on a dry frame.” (Tasting Highlights: Australian Riesling by Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 23 February 2005)

Australia’s reputation as a great producer of dry riesling was forged in the 1980s and 90s with the emergence of wonderful rieslings from the Clare and Eden Valley, produced by top names including Grosset, Henschke, Annie’s Lane Jim Barry, Tim Adams, Petaluma and Pewsey Vale. But in recent years, excellent riesling has also been made in Victoria (Crawford River, Jasper Hill), the Great Southern region of Western Australia (Larry Cherubino, Howard Park, Abbey Creek Vineyard) and the Canberra District (Helm Wines, Clonakilla).

More than any other white wine, the best rieslings benefit from bottle age. Some will last 25 to 50 years! Over time, the primary fruit flavours are complemented by toasty, honeyed tones and accented by a waxy, minerally range of flavours that impart a richness and taste complexity not evident when the wine is in its youth.

In 2000, the Clare Valley riesling producers became the first in the world to bottle their rieslings under screwcaps. (Now almost all of Australia’s white wines are bottled under screwcap). By all accounts these wines have aged beautifully, with the screwcap protecting the freshness and delicacy of the wine.

Another hallmark of riesling is its ability to transmit its terroir. Well-made riesling distinctly expresses the characteristics of its place. At Grosset’s Spingvale vineyard, for example, rich red soil over limestone produces sturdy vines, big berries, chunky bunches and a lime green … Read the rest

Jun 06 2011

Great Southern, WA: The New Centre for Australian Riesling?

Posted on June 06, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

On Tuesday I attended the Wine Industry of Western Australia’s Taste of Western Australia at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Rieslings of the Great Southern wine region were the focus of one of the very insightful masterclasses with wine critic Peter Forrestal.

The majestically scenic and wildly remote Great Southern is the largest wine region in Australia.  So large, in fact, that the five already designated sub-regions of Frankland River, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Albany and Denmark only cover 50% of the land mass.

Last year James Halliday named Larry Cherubino Wines “Winery of the Year.” The Cherubino Porongurup Riesling 2009 was Halliday’s top-rated riesling (97 points), beating out some serious Clare and Eden Valley competition. (James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011)

The gloriously picturesque Porongurup mountain range, 30 km south east of Mount Barker, is also home to Castle Rock Estate. Robert Diletti of Castle Rock makes elegant yet intensely flavoured rieslings, admired for their complexity, great length and ageing potential. The 2010 vintage we sampled in the masterclass was excellent – clear, pure citrus fruit characters superbly balanced by a minerally acidity imparted from the rocky, infertile soil of the ideally situated hillside vineyard.





Dilletti also makes the wines at boutique winemaker 3Drops in nearby Mount Barker, another Great Southern sub-region that’s developed an exceptional reputation for its delicately floral, elegant rieslings. The beautifully balanced Gilberts Mount Barker Riesling 2010, which we also sampled, won Best Current Vintage at the prestigious Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

X by Xabregas Fig Tree Riesling 2010 was another stand-out wine from Mt Barker. Made by winemaker Martin Cooper for the Hogan family-owned winery, the winery specialises in single vineyard wines that very much speak of their place and are in an off-dry style that distinguishes them … Read the rest