Double Oaks Macedon Ranges Riesling 2020

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Barrel fermented Rieslings are becoming mainstream. It’s as if the joy to be had in enjoying a Riesling naked to the world, and made with the simplest of winemaking techniques, is not enough. For one thing, there’s all that acidity to deal with. Some want more. At Double Oaks Estate they have opted to give the grapes a wild fermentation in French oak and then age the wine on its leftover yeast lees for four months. The result is quite an intense, concentrated wine. There are aromatics aplenty; honeysuckle, jasmine, citrus blossom with exotic spice and apple. It then remains fresh and vital but fills the mouth with a range of Riesling flavours not often seen from custard and lemon butter and spice to a cleansing saline, minerality. And that often worrisome Riesling acidity? It holds firm and does the job beautifully.

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