Tim York wrote:
IMO Riesling is one of the best things which OZ does; I have had fine ones from Grosset, Henschke and Frankland Estate amongst others and never a dud that I can recall. It sounds as if I should be looking for some producers of these from Clare Valley.
Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:Good thread Tim. I have been on the lookout for Clare and Eden Valley Rieslings for as long as I can remember. I have had a few duds (too long in the cellar/not really age-worthy) but generally have been very impressed.
How long to age is another issue! I too have your `07 Springvale in the cellar and would think 5 yrs will do the trick!! Seems to be drinking nicely now eh.
Mind you, highly likely some of these wines might shut down. Here is a comment on an Oz forum>
Five years from vintage would probably be a bad time to be approaching a top Clare riesling under screwcap (assuming it's cellared in ideal conditions from release). Normally they drink very well for around a year from vintage (for exceptional vintages like 2002 & 2009 this would stretch out to about two years) and then shut down and shouldn't be approached for another six or so years.
The old rule of thumb under cork used to be drink them on release, and when they lose that freshness after six months or so wait for 3-4 years for them to come out of their funk. Under screwcap, these windows have stretched out, although personally I think the severity of them shutting down isn't quite as bad.