Attractive lemon blossom on a first swirl, there’s a hint of ripe citrus followed by a delicious layered lemon, lime palate. The power and depth of lemongrass flavours will surely make it a match for the more subtle Vietnamese dishes: a satisfying, expressive wine of great finesse. 2018 is clearly in the same quality ballpark as the previous three vintages, however the subtle increase in palate weight gives this wine an added presence.
‘Inspired by the best dry Rieslings of Europe, Alea is produced in the international style, made to the Grosset standard. From the Rockwood vineyard in Watervale where the likeness to European fruit was first noticed in 2007, this wine offers great versatility; people, food, situations.’ JG
Ageing Potential: First vintage 2012 so as yet unknown, however probably 15 years
Source: Grosset Rockwood Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Fruit Flavours: Kaffir lime with hints of white flowers and herbs
Profile: Almost dry, underpinned by a linear acidity: fragrant, generous, succulent and long
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Release Date: September 1st 2018
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 15 September 2018
Rich, open-knit floral bouquet with herbal and citrus nuances, lemon and lime, the palate full and intense, deep and powerful, with some bakery-like yeast overtones. The palate is concentrated and power-packed, long and forceful for a riesling, with a trace amount of sweetness leading into a clean, dry finish that is loaded with sweetly ripe fruit flavour. An impressive riesling with a big future. 96 Points.