2022 Stargazer Palisander Riesling
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2022 Stargazer Palisander Riesling

$44. 99
$539.88 Dozen
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Stelvin

This wine comes exclusively from Stargazer's own vineyards in the Tea Tree sub-region of the Coal River Valley, where the vines were planted in 2002. The soil here is clay loam with a high calcium content, which results in thicker grape skins and more flavor. The fruit is handpicked, destemmed, and left on the skins for 8 hours before gentle pressing. The juice is wild fermented in ceramic and concrete egg-shaped containers where it is left to age on lees for a further 10 months, before bottling at 1.2 grams of residual sugar.

Other Reviews....
While there is slightly more volume to this than its riesling sibling, paradoxically it feels daintier, lighter-weighted and more ethereal, reminiscent of a drier Kabinett. More subtle aromas, too, of baking spice, tarte tatin and apple blossom. A creamy, subtle oak element, too. A delicate performer driven by forceful backing vocals of mineral pungency and a salty maritime punch. I'd love to drink this in 10 years. Drinkable now, but best from 2027. Screw cap.
94 Points
Ned Goodwin MW - JamesSuckling.com