This is a very citrusy Riesling, sending out waves of tart citrus, lemon, lime, a touch of pink grapefruit, all wrapped in green apple peel. Flavors are reminiscent of Sauvignon blanc but the more viscous mouth-feel hints at Riesling. It is a pleasant food-friendly wine, but not one that would stand out among similarly priced Rieslings, for it lacks any special Riesling qualities.

WHO: Wakefield
WHAT: Riesling
WHERE: Australia, Clare Valley
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $17 (Media sample)

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  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/caudilljim Jim Caudill

    Interesting perspective on this much honored wine, which received a 93-point rating in Wine & Spirits and found these comments from Harvey Steiman at the Wine Spectator:

    Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
    Renewed Allure
    [The] Wakefield Riesling Clare Valley 2008 (91 Points, $17) shows why many believe Riesling should be Australia’s white wine calling card. Dry, steely and mouthwatering in its structure, the wine overflows with pear, grapefruit, slate and floral flavors.” July 31, 2010

    It’s really quite a lovely wine.

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