Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2008
Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
Pale straw in color with green hues, the aromas of this wine are fresh and appealing, with citrus spice and lovely floral notes. The palate is an alluring mouthful of flavors, combining citrus, spice and lychee characters balanced by a crisp, juicy acidity and lingering finish.
The 2008 Magnus Riesling displays all the hallmarks of fine Clare Valley Riesling; juicy acidity, lemon citrus and fullness of flavor. Drink now to enjoy its full fresh flavor or cellar in the medium term to enjoy some additional toasty complexity.
Australian Wine Companion - "Some attractive bath powder and apple blossom aromas followed by a very crisp and delicate palate, but which gains intensity on the finish. Very well priced."
Originally there were four pioneers : J.H. (Joseph) Knappstein, a merchant, Dr O. Wein-Smith, a medical practitioner of Clare, Magnus Badger, a solicitor, and John Cristion, who was a brewer of note. Alfred Basedow was employed as a General Manager and Winemaker, having learned the craft of winemaking in Europe. The name Stanley was chosen to identify the company with the local electoral district of Stanley. By 1912, Joseph Knappstein, one of the most enterprising men of his time in South Australia, had bought out the interests of the other three founders and gained control of the company.
The Leasingham winery was acquired by The Hardy Wine Company in January 1988, when a major upgrade of vineyards, winery, tourism and promotional facilities was begun. Subsequently that year the Clarevale Co-operative was integrated giving access to further premium fruit. Today the name Leasingham is reserved for premium wines only. The Stanley name continues on a range of wine casks produced at the Buronga winery View all Leasingham Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a character all their own. The lime and mineral flavors, paired with zesty acidity, make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with seafood.
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Despite the fairly warm temperatures, the acidity in Clare Valley red wines are typically higher than wines produced further south. Good structure is a key characteristic, making Clare Valley wines ideal for pairing with food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 3 with reviewsJoe Harbison - Columbus, OH412/5/2010Good but not something I would normally drink. Nothing striking about it.44/26/2011Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA44/17/2011Slumlordess - Pittsburgh, PA44/3/2011
Not normally crazy for Reislings, but this was a nice surprise. Nice flavor - more complexity than most rieslings that I've tried. Will definitely keep a bottle around...59/12/2010I loved it
- Fruity & Smooth