I remember being excited while visiting d’Arenberg’s cellar door last March; at the same time I was a bit stressed while wondering whether I will make it with all the wines from their portfolio or not. I hadn’t tasted all the wines, but I tried enough of them to appreciate the diversity of the brand; The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 was the first of them on my tasting list.
What’s the story behind the name of this wine?
Let’s check how d’Arenberg explains it:
“The name for this wine stems back to 1992 when the neighbours built a dam in which no water lay, as it was such a dry winter. The next year it rained but the dam was jinxed and didn’t hold water. We still hold the blame. Some people mix the name around, calling the wine ‘The Dam Dry Riesling’, which in some years is truer than others.”
Let’s get through my own tasting note and check out how I remember this wine!
The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 has a quite dark colour of gold and yellow tones with some amber gold hues. It’s thick and oily and you can see by its appearance that the wine is rather older than younger.
The aroma is intense with apple, quince, lime and lemon notes coming along with candle wax and petroleum notes. I was surprised how fresh this 8 years old wine smells.
In the mouth The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 is medium full, muscular and very dry (it is obvious why some of the customers call it ‘the dam dry’!). Quite heavy structure for a Riesling – even from New World – but the wine is beautifully balanced and complex. There are still a lot of fruit flavours on the palate (green apple, lemon, lime and peach) but the plastic and candle wax impressions are obvious. The finish is very long with fresh lemon notes.
The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 -wine review:
Wine – The Dry Dam Riesling
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2007
Grape varieties – Riesling
Producer – d’Arenberg
Winemaker – Chester d’Arenberg Osbourn
Vineyards – low-yielding vines from three separate picks over eight vineyards McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; white, dry
Alcohol – 11,5%
Barrel ageing – no oak
Serving temperature – 9-10°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 25$
Others – pH 2.81; glucose&fructose: 11g/L; Titratable Acid: 9,3g/L
Tasting date – March 2015; d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia