2016 Willoughby Park "IronRock" Riesling

Willoughby Park

Riesling from the southernmost regions of WA have attracted rightful attention over the past 20 years, with James Halliday's more recent Wine Companions rating many producers from this area at the top of the tree.

The Willoughby Park "IronRock" Riesling has achieved no less than 97 points for the previous 4 releases.  Despite this fact, the Brand, to many, remains largely unheard of - as much due to the isolation of the vineyard as to the miniscule amounts released onto the market.  I'm loathe to hand out 97 points for more than 3 or 4 wines per year.  Too few wines are that close to perfection, and my experience in the Wine Show System has taught me that scores above this involve agenda - an imposing of Will, if you will.

The 2016 IronRock Riesling is carries more colour than recent releases.  It shows the ripeness of a warmer year.  Alcohol, weighing in a 12% even, is actually higher than usual. The 2014 was 11.4% alcohol, which often defines the racy, detailed style of the region.

The theme continues on the nose - secondary characters add to the breadth of the aromatics - lemon oil and lemongrass - expressive, where other young Rieslings from the Great Southern can be shy and restrained.  

A rounded, generous first sip confirms a wine far less tightly wound than expected from this limited release bottling.  It's a lovely glass of white wine, though it lacks the vim and vigour of the wines Sir James adorned with 97 points.  It's also very difficult to justify his 96 for this.

90 points
Drinking window - 2017 - 2020 
Price - $26
Closure - Screwcap
Alcohol - 12.0%

Category: Great Southern WA

Type: Riesling

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