Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 12/20/13)
Front label states, “A unique Australian white table wine specially blended to go with spicy Asian food.” Website indicates it’s “made from Hunter Valley Verdelho and Semillon, together with Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills”.
Brilliant, very pretty medium golden color. A fair amount of German diesel aroma in the nose, which is a bit strange because there is apparently no Riesling or other German varieties in the blend. There is also a flinty, gravelly, earthy quality to the nose too. Fairly high acidity gives it a very tart, lemony taste on the front of the tongue through the finish. These strike me as qualities I would expect to see in Portuguese Verdelhos. Flavors show stone fruit like underripe peach with floral qualities and more tart citrus.
What surprised me most about this wine was the lack of residual sugar…something I look for when matching a white with spicy Asian cuisine. The sugar usually helps to soften the heat a bit. This is a very unique wine, especially for an Aussie white. Tasty, but too dry and tart for it’s purpose in my estimate…and I had it with chicken teriyaki with spicy hot garlic pepper sauce. Try it for the experience…if you can find it…especially while it’s on sale at $3.19 in WA. Not a repeat buy for me.