2012 Kanta Riesling — Adelaide Hills, SA 13.5% abv
This project is a joint venture between German producer Egon Müller of Scharzhof in the Mosel and wine retailer Michael Andrewartha of East End Cellars. The two met through a mutual friend and an email later, were making wine together. The first vintage was a 2005 and the most recent release—the 2012—is a stellar wine. Egon directs the work in the vineyard and the winemaking occurs at Shaw + Smith.
Richly textured with a generous mid-palate, this riesling has direct and powerful acidity. Flavours of fresh lime, honey suckle and orange blossom are prominent on the palate. The body of the wine is more weighty than one would expect of riesling of the Adelaide hills, making it an excellent food-wine. Serve at 10°C and accompany with pickled octopus.