2008 Leasingham Magnus Riesling, Clare Valley

The Aussies like their “stickies” (dessert wines) cloyingly sweet, but their table white wines dry. Even Riesling. And this is a good thing for bargain hunters, as dry versions of Riesling have a good track record for holding up several years after release. This bottling sold for double digits a few years ago, but here it is at Glazier’s Market in Las Vegas for a fraction of that. Medium straw color. Heady aroma of varietal pine needle and sweet apple. In the mouth, a good dose of acidity brightens up the apple fruit. There’s a kiss of baked apple and rosewater at the finish. Enjoy with baked chicken.
Retail Price: $5.55 (April 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 84

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