Granite Hills produces quality Rieslings from the Macedon ranges area of Victoria, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines are much more prevalent.
Llew Knight has been making Riesling (and other varieties) for many years, and the Riesling is a often a standout- I have fond memories of the trophy-winning 1998, and the still available 2014 is excellent. Its one of the very consistent, commendable age-worthy, minerallly Victorian Rieslings, pitched at a lesser tariff than Crawford River or Seppelt Drumborg.
The drive towards Baynton features spectacular granite outcrops littering the hills, amidst dense bushland.
This wine I suspect is not completely dry, but is near-enough, with still powerful fruit.
Update! – winemaker Llew Knight has assured me the wine is completely dry, so it’s just fruit that conveys the impression of slight sweetness.
Under screwcap, time has infused the varietal expression with some faint but attractive toastiness.
It’s a bright pale lemon colour, and strides out with abundant lemon zest, ripe red apple and a hint of lanolin. Talc, lemon, flint, viscosity and bright, lively refreshing natural acidity are the keynotes of the palate. This is a confident, complex expressive wine drinking wonderfully well. It has huge appeal and will match to a huge variety of food – Asian, poultry, seafood, creamy dishes.
Drink to 2026, and 94 points.