This wine was a media sample from Banfi Vintners.
Stuart Bourne, Chief Winemaker at Château Tanunda, has mastered the Barossa style of wine making. Wine Spectator recently recognized Bourne in their “Top 25 Benchmark Wines from Australia.” Bourne also achieved #33 ranking of the “Top 100 Wines of 2011″ with the Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz 2008. Bourne, like so many other winemakers, believes that great wine begins in the vineyard.
My Bourne Experience started with a live tweet-up a few months ago. Thankfully, each participant received two bottles of each of the wines we were sampling for the social media blast allowing us to focus on the task at hand then choose a later date to revisit each wine and write about it. So earlier this week, I decided to try the Grand Barossa Riesling. This Riesling is unique in that it has a buttery smoothness and texture similar to an oaked Chardonnay. This is a result of the way it is bottled, not from being aged in oak. The wine boasts of passion fruit and a touch of minerality and has lime peel on the lingering finish. It pairs well with cheeses and pasta in a light sauce.
Every wine cabinet should have a good dry Riesling. Just popping the cork on this wine is cause enough for celebration.
Variety: Riesling Alcohol: 11.5% Price: $12
Side Note: An icon of the Barossa Valley dating back to the 1870′s and the decimation of Europe’s vineyards by the phylloxera plague, Château Tanunda was the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the heart of Barossa winemaking, not only making wine but integral in educating winemakers and enologists. Having been placed on the Register of State Heritage Places in 1994, one would assume that the early days of making rich, delectible wines had continued on for years; but that is not the case. Château Tanunda had been abondoned by its owners in the 1990′s leaving the property a mere shell of what it once had been. The prpoerty was purchased by John Geber in 1998 and he promptly decided to restore the property to its iconic status along with bringing Bourne on board as the Chief Winemaker.