O’Leary Walker Grüner Riesling 2023


This is a case of the old Clare Valley hand – Riesling – rubbing shoulders with an exciting newcomer – Grüner Veltliner. It’s a 50-50 partnership that they share, although close your eyes and taste and it must be said that the intensity of Clare Valley Riesling tends to shine the brighter, with Grüner bringing a lovely textural quality to the finished wine. Together, they work well. Enticing wafts of lemon, grapefruit pith, lime skin with lifted apple blossom aromatic aromas. Zesty, clean and youthful to taste. There’s plenty of zippy acidity in play here in tandem with a gentle texture. The palate is evolving with the delicacy of stewed apple and pear there but will become a little more embedded and pronounced . . . or that would be nice. There’s a lot to enjoy right now in this meeting of like-minded grape varieties.