Sam Connew is shifting ever-closer to estate growing-and-making in the south of Tasmania, this riesling comes from a Coal River Valley source, which I think is the vineyard she now owns. It’s an exciting proposition as she grows nearer to a ‘closed loop’. The wines are, as they should be, incrementally increasing in quality too. Exciting times. This wine is wild fermented.
Whip crack of acidity and yet there’s more spice and ripe fruit character than expected. Scents of mixed citrus peel, ginger and almond, whiffs of flint too. The palate has a light washy-slightly diffuse juiciness, then from mid-palate goes chalky and tightens. Shows with bitter orange/lemony flavour, feels quite powerful, a little sense of concentration too. Finishes, as mentioned before, with a tight pucker and then lingers with sherbetty mouth-watering feel. Refreshing as. Acid hounds will be highly rewarded. Really nicely done. 93 Points, Drink: 2019-2030+ - Mike Bennie, Wine Front