N Street Review
$22.99 750mL Clare Valley 2005
I got a chance to try one of my favorite rieslings in the store again on Monday and it's not German. Two Hands makes wine in Australia. They have six series of wines, this riesling is called the Wolf and is one of their picture series.
It pours crystal clear with a nice straw color. On the nose I get the distinct smell of rubber bands, others say it's smells of gasoline, but they are wrong, it's definitely rubber bands. Also some lime and apple. Very interesting. Sommoliers and wine nerds love riesling because it can make lots of different, complex styles of wine.
There is a mild sweetness on the front of the tongue, but not the typical sugar blast you get from some less expensive rieslings. Tastes like not quite ripe citrus, mostly lime, very tart on the back end. The mouthfeel is quite full.
I had this wine again the next day and the flavors had opened up quite a bit. More tropical, like overripe bananas and mango. Good stuff.
Two Hands has a good website with detailed descriptions of each variety and vintage of their wines. Here's the '05 Wolf: http://www.twohandswines.com/sitepages/wineDetail.asp?WId=10&Vintage=2005&ItemID=41&mmID=2&smID=5
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