2023 d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills – In 1992 d’Arenberg’s 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 their neighbouring farmers, but promises good results for their old, dry-grown, low-yielding vines.
This is an immediately drinkable Riesling. Granny Smith and Nashi pear to the fore. A spattering of lemon and lime and that ever-present hallmark of sweet but tangy sherbet. The off-dry sugar level adds juiciness to the mid-palate and the fine and well-etched acidity, whilst supple throughout, provides a crispness and persistence on the finish. Fun and frivolous, but also quite stylish and refined.
Suitable to be enjoyed chilled in youth, yet delivering a promise of something more evocative and complex with a few years careful cellaring.
Single Price: $25.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $19.99
Price per case (12 bottles): $239.88