2013 Side Project Wines Riesling. West Australia. 12.5%

I was recently introduced to this wine at a Riesling tasting and this really divided opinion. Some did not like this, others liked it. Me? I loved it so much I had to grab another bottle to try in the comfort of home, just to make sure.

Side Project Riesling

“Wild ferment in French oak, some malo and lees work, no fining or filtration”

Bottle 74 of 500. Small production wine.

Light gold with a very slight cloudy appearance.

Juicy, full mouthful flavour of cider with back notes of coriander, ginger, lemongrass essence and starfruit with a hint of white pepper. There is a certain salty / umami like character that adds to its appeal. Juicy acid cleans this up nicely.

What I really like about this wine is that it does not go down the path your usual Australian Riesling’s profile of lemon and lime. Instead, this showcases a whole new range of flavours that I found really enjoyable. With food, the cider flavours were turned down a notch and the other flavours came through better.

Don’t let the slightly cloudy appearance throw you off. Embrace it with an open mind and you will be rewarded.

Approximately $30 from La Vigna.

Tasted 28th March 2014.

I see from their website a Rosé is going to be released soon. “Made Sangiovese, French oak ferment, dry. Funky.” Can’t wait to try that!

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.

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