I’ve been wanting to participate in this event for a while now [thanks Derrick for hosting this round] and missed Wine Blogging Wednesday #3 [Australian Shiraz] by a hair’s breadth. I even got the bottle of wine but just didn’t get to drink it by the deadline. I did however consume that bottle of Shiraz with Turkey Day dinner. Anyhow, here I am, having enjoyed this lovely Riesling [which incidentally is my favorite kind of wine].
For $9.99, I picked up Yalumba’s Y Series Riesling 2002. I have to admit, what first attracted me to this bottle was its label.
The label is a picture of a wild olive tree:
The wild olive tree on the Yalumba Riesling label reflects the family’s long-held belief that with good wine there should also be good food – a belief reinforced by the regular cooking schools held at the winery.
Some tasting notes from their site indicate that 2002 was a good year for white wine:
Pale straw in colour with green hues, Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2003 shows classical varietal character offering aromas of grapefruit and lemon peel and delicate floral overtones. The palate is lively and refreshing with
generous lemon and grapefruit flavours, and a hint of tropical fruits on the
What I think:
I’ve mostly had late harvest Rieslings and assumed that this wine would be sweet too but it was very citrusy and quite refreshing. It was dryer than most Rieslings but a good accompaniment to an oily fried fish and tater tots meal. There was also a distinctive spicy note after. I would recommend this wine to those who prefer dryer wines and have stayed away from Rieslings because of their sweet reputation.