Renowned international wine website JamesSuckling.com has reviewed West Australian Rieslings finding ten of the best are from the Great Southern cementing the region’s reputation for producing outstanding Riesling.
Contributor to JamesSuckling.com and one of Australia’s leading wine commentators Nick Stock wrote that of the 37 wines tasted, a staggering 35 were rated at 90 points or above, four of which scored 95 points or higher.
“This consistently high base-line of quality coming from that state’s Great Southern region certainly ranks it on a par with the more well-travelled Australian Riesling regions like the Clare Valley and Eden Valley, albeit in smaller volumes,” Stock reported. “Explore these wines with confidence, they represent outstanding value in a global sense and you can (literally) taste the beauty of this remote Western Australian wine region in every single glass.”
Stock said he has been a fan of Great Southern Rieslings for over 20 years.
“They’ve developed in style to be such concentrated and complete wines, some with impressive textural depth – the evolution is impressive,” he said. “The intensity is always a feature in the best vintages, also traits like purity and tension – all the hallmarks of great dry Riesling – but winemakers are also exploring new stylistic ground with good success.”
Stock said that the Great Southern Wine Region is moving through what will be a very successful and memorable phase of its development.
“The region can deliver on a huge range of varietals and wine styles – instead of everyone making the same five or six wines there’s such an interesting offering with winemakers striving to be inventive and unique.
“It is impressive that the region can produce Riesling so well in an ever-growing range of styles and interpretations,” he said.
On JamesSuckling.com, Stock reported that “the Rieslings of Western Australia’s Great Southern region, Australia’s largest officially ratified Geographical Indication (G.I.), continues their trajectory upward to new levels of quality, interest and sheer deliciousness.
JamesSuckling.com attracts over 600,000 unique visitors to its website per year and has approximately four million followers globally who are kept up to date with all latest reports and tastings via the website, social media, newsletters (Chinese, Thai, Korean and English), Prestige magazine in Hong Kong and Thailand, Noblesse magazine in Korea and China, WeChat, and Weibo.
Given the recent reports from Great Southern producers about the exceptional fruit quality from the 2020 vintage, wine lovers can expect greatness from the region’s Rieslings in the future.
Read the full article on JamesSuckling.com here.
JamesSuckling.com 10 Top Australian Rieslings
- Frankland Estate Riesling Frankland River Isolation Ridge 2019 – 97 points
- Cherubino Riesling Great Southern Porongrup 2019 – 95 points
- Kerrigan + Berry Riesling Mount Barker 2019 – 94 points
- Forest Hill Vineyard Riesling Mount Barker Block 2 2019 – 94 points
- Brave New Wine Riesling Great Southern Sunshine & Hercules 2019 – 93 points
- Plantagenet Riesling Great Southern Angevin 2019 – 93 points
- Goon Tycoons Riesling Frankland River Super Model 2019 – 93 points
- Castle Rock Estate Riesling Great Southern A&W 2018 – 93 points
- Singlefile Riesling Mount Barker Single Vineyard 2019 – 93 points
- Howard Park Riesling Great Southern Porongrup 2019 – 93 points
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