Despite selling Distinguished Vineyards (owners of Petaluma and Croser Sparkling) Brian Croser AM had no intention of retiring. The family retained several notable vineyards both here and overseas, and the Tunkalilla Vineyard in Oregon’s Amity Hills was one. He’s been turning out great rieslings off this site for many years, but 2011 was a bit special.
2010 and 2011 were the two coolest vintages of the Oregon wine industry's history. The very high natural acid of the 2011 Riesling needed to be balanced with a higher than normal sugar level of 39.5 g/L. “Despite our best intentions to make dry Oregon Riesling, the seasons have conspired against this ambition. However the dry finish of this exquisitely balanced wine is consistent with the terroir determined Riesling style of the Tunkalilla Vineyard expressed over the 4 vintages made to date.”
The fruit aromatics are delicately poised between citrus blossom and subtle tropical fruit, typical of the Riesling variety grown in a highly suited cool terroir. The parallels between this wine and good kabinett riesling from the Mosel are obvious. So drink this with the same dishes: scallops, prawns with sweet chilli, most Thai food - it’ll even handle some spicy heat, such as richer Indian dishes.
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