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1999 Riesling

Tasting Date: 22 March 2006

The off dry style, (simply called Riesling) seems to age more sympathetically than the dry style. The development of our Rieslings is classic, but tends towards beeswax or lanolin secondary characters rather than a pure petrol, which I think is probably a good thing. The 1999 showed a great depth and richness in its fruit, tropical as well as lime. Lanolin flavours add complexity with the acid sugar balance looking spot on. This is definitely a drink, as the secondaries will inevitably grow over the next few years and the balance of the wine suffers as a result. However, lovers of mature Riesling may well prefer it that way: there’s bags of life left in the fruit.