Hardy’s Riesling Gewurztraminer
January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
Score: 8.2 – Over Delivers
About the Wine: For the money there are few light, fresh slightly sweet wines that can compete with this one. The nose is full of peach, pear and citrus fruit with hints of fresh spring flowers (I envision an old Irish Spring Soap commercial; do you remember those or am I dating myself?). The palate is light and fresh and bursting with fresh tropical fruit. The finish is, again, fruity but with a kiss of sweetness which makes it easy to reach for a second or third glass. The good news is that it is lighter in alcohol at 11.5% so having a second glass isn’t likely to put you under the table.
The balance between fresh lively fruit, freshness and subtle sweetness at this price means this wine Over Delivers. Why not a Best Buy you ask? Good question- it is definitely on the cusp of greatness. A few years back there would be no question of its Best Buy status, however in recent years, perhaps due to increased popularity around the world, the quality has dropped a little.
Value: This wine is worthy of a trade up in price from the likes of Copper Moon, Naked Grape and Barefoot Pinot Grigio, and it is worth a trade down in price from some of the big brand California wines like Beringer & Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. I would also suggest that this wine is a better buy than the Jackson-Triggs 2013 VQA Riesling-Gewurztraminer at $13.99.
Added Value: There are many scenarios where this wine will shine. Girl’s Night Out, Crowd Pleaser, Wedding Wines, Movie Night, Date Night, these are all occasions where this wine will offer greater value than just what is in the bottle.
Service: Chill down to about 8C. If there is condensation on the bottle when you take it out of the fridge, then let it warm up just a bit before enjoying. Serving food with this is fun as you can have some creamy cheeses like Brie, or you could enjoy some shellfish like prawns or shrimp. My fave pairing has been with fresh fruit on some light ricotta cheese.
Grapes: Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Store Section: Australia
Appellation: South East Australia
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Everything Wine , Metro Liquor, Hillside Liquor Store, Liquor Express, Cascadia Liquor Stores, Beverly Corners Liquor Store
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