Riesling Piquette by Gurneys: Review
A conversation starting highly individual riesling made using an unusual technique. Where to start? Riesling Piquette by Gurneys is a long way from the those riesling of the Mosel, austere rieslings of Australia’s south west, and nowhere near the citrus delights of the Eden and Clare Valleys. Gurneys are better known as artisan cider makers located near Wilson’s Prom. Here they successfully try their hand at wine making using the piquette technique using recycled grape skins. These grape skins have already been crushed and used to made a batch of wine. Usually at this point they are disposed of. But here the used skins (called a pomace) are steeped in water and used to make a second batch of wine. The tradition goes back to Roman times.
This is a fizzy wine with a cloudy yellowish-brown colour and a little brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma more like stewed apples getting ready to be put in home made apple pie. Flavours of lemon and apple with slight fermentation. Tasted blind could be mistaken for a kombucha. If presented as a wine will polarise opinion. I loved it. Great on a summer’s day.
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Food Matching | Food Pairing
Match the fermented qualities with a washed rind cheese such a Brewer’s Gold by Prom Country, or use the acidity of this wine to cut through a creamy soft white mould cheese.