Sunday, January 25, 2009

Leo Buring Leonay Eden Valley Riesling

Leo Buring has a proud history of producing some of Australia's greatest Rieslings. It owns outstanding vineyards in the Eden Valley and the best grapes are bottled under the Leonay label. These wines tend to age very well.

Today, I opened the 2003 Leo Buring Leonay Riesling. The wine displays fine citrus and lime flavours, backed by floral overtones and is backed up by quite gentle acidity.

I realise I am opening this bottle at a bad point in its development. I am starting to detect some mellowing, but it is currently dulling the wine, before more honeyed flavours will develop. Equally the crispness of the earlier years is no longer there.

It is clear that this wine should either be drunk in the first three years or after seven years. In other wines, this interim period where secondary flavours develop is often quite interesting and intriguing, but as far as this wine is concerned, and often in Pinot Noir, it is best to leave it alone during this development period. I haven't really worked out for which wines the 3-6 year period is attractive and for which it isn't. Any thoughts?

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