Rocky Gully Riesling is outstanding. Smoke, rocky, apples, mineral, chalk, talc. It is a bit like cider in an enjoyable way. The palate is perfectly poised, firm acid but great weight of fruit sitting on top. The stone fruits build in the glass. This Rocky Gully is a lovely wine with a long finish. This year’s Rocky Gully is one for the cellar I think.
Rocky Gully Riesling 2019 Wine Review
Ned Goodwin MW
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
“A lovely introduction to Frankland Estate. Pulpy, juicy and unfettered by anything hard or angular, without compromising an indelible refreshment factor. This mid-weight is dialled into the perfect point of ripeness : acidity on the drinkability metre.”
Frankland Estate is one of Australia’s best Riesling producers. Making wines from the Frankland River Region in Southern Western Australia, they use a lot of German, Austrian and Alsatian techniques to craft textured and complex Rieslings from their peerless vineyards, each vinified separately. What’s more, they are pretty deft at making Chard, Shiraz and a lovely Bordeaux Right Bank inspired blend. Rocky Gully is their entry-level wines and always look to be bargains. Especially the Rocky Gully Riesling.
In southern Western Australia, the middle of nowhere, you will find this excellent Riesling site. Some of my favourite Riesling comes from down this way. There has been successful wine made from Shiraz, Cabernet Blends and Chardonnay here too.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety of quality wine production. Although it only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find superb Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.