Sept 2016 – The 2014 Rocky Gully is a lovely representation of a cool climate Riesling made in a style that flirts between dry and halb-trocken (half dry). An underpinning vein of acidity coupled with lower alcohol, 12%, keeps this fresh and lively with the scents of green apples, lemon/lime citrus leading into a medium bodied palate with a subtle talc texture and a citrus tinged, vibrant, juicy finish. This is showing beautifully as we speak and should drink impressively over the next 1-2 years.
92 pts Australian Wine Companion
Presumably made from the soft pressings of the individual vineyard wines, but counterintuitively shares a freakishly low pH of 2.83, because the acidity is less obvious, the palate a little fleshier, and the overall definition is less obvious. Just where the low alcohol fits in this, I don’t know, because it should be over 12%. Perhaps bunch sorting was involved.
91 pts Wine spectator 8/31/15
Sleek and vibrant, with pear, lime, grapefruit and floral flavors in a tight pattern, finishing light, dry and tart. Drink now through 2022.
90 pts Wine & Spirits
Frankland Estate’s most accessible riesling may be labeled as dry, but it is softer than the Poison Hill (also recommended here). Even so, L352:L356it buzzes with lime acidity, scents of orange bitters and a fusel-like earthiness. It’s bright, buxom and lithe, a wine for seafood chowder.
90 pts Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Pale yellow. Fresh tangerine and quince aromas are complemented by jasmine and green tea. Dry and focused on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors given spicy bite by a hint of ginger. Closes taut and long, with lingering stoniness and an echo of bitter lime pith.