The Dry Dam Riesling 2008

The Story Behind The Name

In 1992 our neighbours built a dam that remained empty, as it was a dry winter. The next year it rained but the dam was jinxed and didn't hold water. A dry dam is bad news for our neighbouring farmers, but promises good results for our old, dry-grown, low-yielding vines.

The Characteristics

Time has stamped its mark on this wine but with a very gentle touch. Almost 8 years on and the nose is still full of lemon, lime and floral notes. True the citrus has started giving way to a lemon butter aroma and the once frangipani and jasmine are now evolving into honey suckle and beeswax with an overwhelming sense of freshness. The balance between primary and developed characters feels very harmonious. Toastiness and mildly kerosene-like notes can be perceived but they are more building complexity in the background as opposed to being a dominating feature. The wine initially bursts onto your palate with a fruit sweetness that is instantly reeled back into line by the ever youthful and flinty acid that still conjures memories of strawberry sherbet. The palate remains sculpted by this acid backbone and as the initially sweet fruit cedes we are left with fine flavours of honeycomb and green apple. This wine is delivering now and will continue to do so for many years to come.

$180 per 6 Pack
$30 per Bottle
The Dry Dam Riesling 2008
Artist: Vince O'Farrell
Artist: Vince O'Farrell
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