The Yass Valley region is synonymous with superb Riesling and one of the best producers is Ken Helm, who has been cranking out cracking “Rizzas” for decades. Ken has Riesling running through his veins I reckon.

The grapes from this week’s swirl are sourced from the cool and elevated climes of Orange and the wine made at Ken’s winery in Murrumbateman.

The Helm Central Ranges (Orange) Riesling 2019 is bright straw in colour and a quick swirl reveals aromas of freshly squeezed lemons and limes and with a floral fragrance of citrus blossoms. In the mouth, this wine is a juicy cocktail of lemon zest and lime zip, with a very refreshing tang of acid. I enjoyed this ripping Rizza with grilled sand-whiting with citrus hollandaise but would be equally at home with Thai chicken curry.

$30 at the Helm Wines Cellar Door or online.

Brent Lello

Ken Helm – Photo credit ID Photographics – Irene Dowdy

“The reason we make the Central Ranges Riesling is because in 2014 the local wine district had a damaging spring frost which destroyed about 85% of the crops. Helm Wines found a a Riesling vineyard near Orange, on the Central Ranges which missed frost to supply some fruit. The wine turned out so good and so popular, they make it every year” –

Ken Helm AM, Wine Maker/Director