By Duane Pemberton
Leave it to the Aussies to take a popular varietal and find a way to ignite it into a fun, tasty package that’s sure to have mass appeal. The 2009 “Frisk” wine is a Riesling with a splash of Muscat Gordo tossed into the mix.
The Alpine Valleys – where the grapes are grown – has elevations up to 2000 feet. The vines tend to hold onto whatever minerals they can pull out of the ground and that really comes through nicely in the wines.
- Grapes: 84% Riesling and 16% Muscat Gordo
- Alcohol: 8%
- Region: Alpine Valleys
- Price: $10
Nose: Lemon-drop candy, zesty lime, kiwi and a nice hint of grapefruit and the “tropics” in general.
Taste: Bubbly lemon-lime action that graces the front palate with a barrage of citrus. Excellent acidity make this an incredibly food-friendly wine. I love the finish and would pound this wine all day long during the summer (or really anytime I can get my hands on it). This is an exceptional Riesling and frankly, could be the best one I’ve had anywhere at anytime for $10 – it’s a total no-brainer and one I’d highly recommend to anyone.
W.E.P. Rating: 150%
On the web: www.friskwines.com