Sixty Second Swirl by Brent Lello
Wine lovers across the Yass Valley will know that Riesling has become one of the region’s Rock Star varieties. The combination of our geographic location and elevation, the resulting cool climate, soil compositions and application of the winemaker’s clever craft, produces delicate, elegant and fragrant drops more often than not.
One of the best 2021 Rieslings I have tried in recent times is this week’s “swirl” –
Capital Wines ‘The Whip’ Riesling 2021.
The Whip is the political party character who rallies the troops to have them point in the right direction – a tough task no doubt! Well, this ripping Rizza is definitely heading in the right direction.
This Riesling is a pale champagne gold colour in the glass. After a swirl, there’s an explosion of citrus aromas with lime zest, lemongrass, lemon curd and orange blossom. On the palate, there’s a taught cord of acid running through the fragrant lemon and lime flavours. It’s wonderfully refreshing and thoroughly delicious.
We enjoyed our bottle with fresh tiger prawns with lime aioli – a terrific combination – but would go equally well with any freshly grilled seafood or shellfish, with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt. I bought my bottle from ‘Uncle Dans’ but you can also buy online for $32.
The Capital Wines brand draws on the association with Canberra and life in the national Capital. The label designs are wry, irreverent and humorous takes on life in the National Capital with wine names including The Frontbencher, The Backbencher, The Senator, The Ambassador, The Foreign Minister, The Lobbyist, The Swinger, The Abstainer and The Press Gallery. While we at Capital Wines don’t take politics and life in the National Capital too seriously, we do take the making of our wines very seriously. Capital wines has won a number of medals at wine shows and are regularly reviewed positively by Australia’s leading wine writers.
Capital Wines was established in 2008and was purchased in early 2020 by Billand Maria Mason and Colin and KayAndrews.Bill Mason also owns Kosciuszko Wines and a regional wine distribution business that was established in Canberra in2004. The majority of the fruit for Capital Winescomes from Jeir Station Vineyard at Jeir owned by Colin and Kay Andrews. Depending on the vintage, Capital Wines also sources fruit from neighbouring vineyards and wine regions.
The Capital Wines Cellar Door and Kyeema Gallery is situated at 13 Gladstone Street, in the Village of Hall and is open from Thursdays through Mondays. At the Cellar Door, visitors are welcome to taste the Capital range of wines, enjoy the Epicurean Food & WineExperience, cheese and produce platters and view monthly art exhibitions.