On sheer numbers, riesling again ranks behind only shiraz, chardonnay and cabernet as the strongest category in the country – proof again that we all ought to be drinking more of this sublime variety. The dominance of Great Southern and the Clare and Eden valleys in Australia’s top riesling stakes is complete, together putting forward more than five in every six wines in our short list. Adelaide Hills, Great Western, Henty and Tasmania share the balance. With just two inclusions in our top 40 (both from Pooley), Tasmania was the surprise dark horse that swept in from the sidelines with a convincing win for Riesling of the Year!
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"A core of impeccable, spicy wild lemon is nuanced by stone-fruit exotics. Epic acidity, skin-contact phenolics, lees texture and RS unite in a crystalline display of glittering energy that promises decades in the cellar. Breathtaking line and length in the presence of profound fruit concentration confirm one of Tasmania's finest rieslings of the vintage. Margaret would be proud indeed." – Tyson Stelzer
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*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.
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