Sixty Second Swirl

I think we all know by now that Riesling owns its right-royal place in the Yass Valley region.  The ripping “rizzas’ from our region that I have tried from the 2021 vintage, have so far led me to believe that this year is a cracking year for the variety.

Shaw Wines is a great proponent of Riesling and the subject of this week’s “swirl” – the Shaw Wines Estate Riesling 2021 – is a delightfully delicious drop.

This Riesling is an illuminating, pale straw colour in the glass.  A swirl reveals to me fragrant, floral aromas of citrus blossoms with ripe lemons and an alluring scent of musk.  On the palate, it’s a dangerously easy-drinking style with juicy lemon and lime flavours and a lovely balance between acid and fruit sweetness, leading to a delightful, lifted finish.

We enjoyed our bottle with Chinese Crispy Chicken with Lemon Sauce but would go really well with a tray of south coast oysters or grilled flathead fillets with a lemon, caper and butter sauce.  I got mine as part of my cellar club dozen, but you can buy for $30 online.

by Brent Lello

Yass Valley Times Wine Columnist

This same Riesling along with the 2019 Estate Shiraz, 2019 Winemakers Selection Cabernet Sauvignon & 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a Gold Medal at the NSW Wine Awards, announced on December 1st, 2021. The 2018 Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon went on to win the Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the NSW Wine Awards.