90pointsJim Barry 2018 Lodge Hill Riesling (Clare Valley)

This vintage of Lodge Hill is another solid and austere expression of the grape Clare Valley has carved its reputation with. It's a little reductive at first, taking some vigorous swirling in the glass for those oniony aromas to blow off, but when they do, delicate lime leaf, apple blossom and talc aromas appear. The palate is just as tightly wound, with crunchy acidity and a crisp apple-y finish. Give this another year or two in the bottle to gain more complexity and drinkability. Christina Pickard

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  • Alcohol
    12%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    White
  • Importer
    Loosen Bros. USA
  • Date Published
    8/1/2019
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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