Good Food Review – 2012 Pressing Matters R9 Riesling

This is a blinder of a riesling, with a powerful fragrance of kaffir lime leaf and great intensity in the mouth, allied with great delicacy. It has nine grams per litre of sweetness, but barely tastes off-dry, thanks to vibrant acidity. The palate is juicy, energetic and very long. 10 per cent alcohol.
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The great white hope

by Huon Hooke

Tasmania’s Pressing Matters is one of my favourites, producing riesling at four different sweetness levels, from dry to very sweet and labelled R0, R9, R69 and R139 (grams per litre of sugar). Off-dry wines make wonderful aperitifs or refreshers, and go with different foods. They’re especially useful paired with spicy Asian dishes, such as Thai fishcakes with chilli sauce. Off-dry wines also have the potential to win back some drinkers who’ve reacted against the sometimes hard, tart and forbidding, traditional bone-dry riesling style.

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