I just took delivery of these wines from The Story last week and will be posting my reviews over the next few days. This is a small operation established in 2004 by Rory Lane and his partner. They purchase parcels of fruit from within the Grampians and Henty regions, and armed with the experience of several vintages around Australia and Oregon, USA, they press the fruit and make their wine in a rented factory space. Doesn’t this sound like anything but a rural garagiste movement? The wines are moderately priced $28/$50, and shouldn’t be too difficult to locate. Try Prince Wine Store, Baccaccio cellars, Vintage cellars (Albert Park), King & Godfree Carlton (to name a few).
$28 direct from winery. Fruit from the 30 year old Barretts vineyard near Portland, in the SW region of Victoria. Said to probably be the last Riesling produced from this vineyard with the grower thinking of pulling up these vines. And that would be a terrible shame, as this is a fine wine that has yet to be discovered by the masses. A very easy drinking Riesling that deviates away from the extreme lemon/lime citrus or sheer dripping acidity types. Clear pale lemon yellow colour with a slight tinge of green. Lovely expressive aromas of ripe rockmelon, lemon citrus and musk. A ripe fruity Riesling with high acidity. There is a sense of the residual sugars on the initial taste, the rounded mouthfeel consists of lemon cordial, lemon rind and sweet ginger. The finish is clean, crisp with lingering fruit. 12% alc. 190 dozen produced. 89-90/100.