The Clare Valley, including sub-region Watervale, is noted the world over for producing some finely structured rieslings that are made to last. From Jim Barry Wines comes just such a wine, The Lodge Hill 2013 riesling. Straw in colour it has a vibrant green hue indicating its youth. The nose offers fragrant citrus, orange blossom and grapefruit flavours. The palate is crisp and as dry as a bone with mouth-watering acidity nicely interwoven into the pristine limey, peach flavours which dance across the palate. A firm dry riesling style with racy acidity on the finish. (rrp $22)
Another Clare Valley producer who has a Midas touch when it comes to making wine is Tim Adams. Besides producing the usual Clare Valley styles such as riesling, semillon, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, Adams makes other varieties including viognier, pinot gris and tempranillo. Here I offer you one of his wines under the Mr Mick portfolio — the Mr Mick 2010 tempranillo. A lovely pink hue combined with a deep purple/crimson colour is a drawcard to the eye. The nose offers a slightly herbal flavour while ripe spicy plum and dark cherries also come through, together with some cashew and vanilla flavours from the French oak. The fruit on the palate is soft and juicy with the oak playing a supporting role by adding to the palate weight and texture. The finish on this full-bodied wine is long and intense with balanced oak/acid and tannins in check. The wine is a steal at $15 (rrp).