By Kori ~ February 9th, 2012.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2011 Frisk Prickly Riesling from the Alpine Valleys region of Victoria in Australia.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Nestled in the Northern foothills of the Victorian Alps, the Alpine Valleys is home to grape growers whose ancestors arrived in the 1850s after a less-than-comfortable boat trip from Italy. A team of seasoned winemakers who ferment free-run Riesling juice with yeasts that produce a gentle spritz makes Frisk Prickly Riesling.
â€œItâ€™s normally pretty darned cool in the Alpine Valleys, but 2011 took the mercury to new lows. Grapes were harvested up to 4 weeks later than usual, and yields were particularly lowâ€”near ideal conditions for our cold-lovinâ€™ Riesling fruit! Youâ€™ll see intoxicating floral aromatics and vivacious citrus fruits, with great persistence and concentration of flavor. Racy and versatile, itâ€™ll pair perfectly with sweet and spicy dishes alike.â€ â€“Frisk Wines
2011 Frisk Prickly Riesling (Alpine Valleys, Victoria, Australia): 89% Riesling and 11% Muscat Gordo. Very pale straw yellow. Nice nose with white peach and orange blossom aromas. More white peach and orange blossom as well as pear comes through on the palate. Off-dry and light to medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual Sugar: 3.6%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $11; Available elsewhere, $8 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Australian Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25