Travis Schultz
15 February 2019

Kilikanoon, Mort's Block Watervale Riesling 2018

I’ve never understood why Riesling, as a style, isn’t more popular, but the fact remains that it accounts for only around 1.4% of the national grape crush. And to put that sad statistic in perspective, according to the 2018 Wine Australia National Vintage Survey, our biggest selling white varietal, Chardonnay, accounted for 27% of total wine production. That’s 407,940 Sickly sweet blend of Grosset, I suspect that the best chance for a turnaround in the fortunes of the grape rests with the sub-district of Watervale Riesling is out now and drinking superbly! As you’d expect, there’s a greenish tinge to the straw yellow flavours of granny smith apple, lemon, lime and a hint of pink grapefruit. The fruit is more voluptuous than the 2017 edition of the wine, but still exhibits the tautness and crispness that you’d expect of a Riesling the region, and a racy acidity that makes for a crisp conclusion.

Thanks to hand picking, fermentation entirely in stainless steel, and the use 100% free run juice, the Mort’s Block is clean, fresh and lively. And at just over $20 a bottle, is ridiculously good value. With a little more roundness to the fruit than previous vintages, the 2018 Mort‘s Block is really approachable and an ideal opportunity to transition your palate from Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. Try it, and I’m guessing that many of you will never go back!
Price: $20
Wine Category: Riesling
Rating: Drinking superbly
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Travis Schultz is a wine reviewer for the Sunshine Coast Daily and The Grape Hunter extend their thanks to the Sunshine Coast Daily for allowing re-publication of his reviews