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, all in screw cap since the year 2000, 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 flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, 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. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for 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 Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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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
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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