Plantagenet Wines is best known as a pioneer of the Great Southern region. In 1968 and English migrant bought the Bouverie farm and planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. History tells us they were well acclaimed and further cool climate varieties were planted including Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
I love mature Riesling. This one though, is not super mature but it is pushing towards some of those flavours. It is bright, powerful in the mid-palate and satisfying. It still has a long way to go and underscrew cap, that could well be around the time my oldest can drive me around. But it has hit the crossover point, where the primary fruits are still prominent but the stoney, nutty and mineral secondary notes are building. In essence, this might be the perfect time to drink this wine. (Especially following the first rule: If it tastes good it is good).
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
Falling withing the South West Australia Zone and the region of Great Southern is Mt Barker. The region receives warm days with lots of sunlight, cool nights and near perfect annual rainfall. This means the fruit gets perfectly ripe and the cool nights retains acidity. While it is probably Shiraz country, there is some amazing Riesling and Pinot Noir to be had too.