Wow – what a wine! It’s 7.0% alcohol, with delicate but ripe flavours of citrus, tropical fruit, rose petal and honeysuckle. The secret to this wine lies in John's expert balancing of the higher sugar content (50g/L) with much higher acidity, higher than in the No. 3 and No.4, to balance the sugar. The result is a clean, vibrant finish, that doesn't appear overly sweet.
In the mouth it’s viscous yet light and delicately crisp, highlighting John’s alchemic ability to balance the entire composition. Why aren’t winemakers in Australia making more wine like this?
"Schatzkammer means ‘treasure chest’ and this delightful semi-dry riesling, modelled on the German Kabinett style, comes from a vineyard at Polish Hill River. With aromas of lemon-pith, lime-juice and flowery high notes, the wine has plenty of sweetness balanced by nervy acidity. The low alcohol makes it very moreish and gives it the tension and harmony of a top German riesling. (Screwcap)."
95 points. Huon Hooke. Wine of the Week. 8th July 2020.