Rocky Gully 2017 Reisling

This is the third and final wine from my UK trip. Once again tried at Lion and Lamb in Milton.

I noticed over Christmas that Reisling wines seem to be making a come back to the UK. In the 70s German Reislings were all the rage. However most households could only afford the cheaper bulk made varieties. These were sickly semi sweet wines branded as Liebfraumilch, which means Mother’s milk (yuk!), and were in fact not always Reislings (what a con!). The grapes used had to be 70% Reisling or Silvaner or Müller-Thurgau. I looked up some of the old wines I used to drink and they mainly used a mix of grapes. So I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a pure Reisling.

Well the new stuff on the UK wine lists is a far cry from the 70s Liebframilches. This one from Western Australia is in fact lovely! Reisling is totally back on my radar.

Couldn’t tell the colour in the ambient lighting but it had a nice fruity floral scent with some citrus. Tropical fruit flavours and blossom, some hints of petrol and a good dose of citrus. It has high acidity, but was beautifully balanced to give a lovely refreshing dry wine with medium body and finish.

It was a great comparison to the Chardonnay I drank previously (click here to read the review: Coaba Chardonnay). Both had tropical fruit flavours with good acidity, but were very different wines. The Chardonnay was full on fruit and oak, the Reisling seemed lighter with its floral fruit mix. Personally I loved both of them and would happily choose either depending on my mood.

Photo by honestwinedrinker
Photo by honestwinedrinker
Name: Rocky Gully
Colour: White
Year: 2017
Grapes Reisling
Winery: Frankland Estate
Country: Australia
Region: Frankland River, Western Australia
Quality Classification: Non Applicable
Alcohol: 12%
Price: £15 UK retail price

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