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Blind Spot Riesling, 2012, Clare Valley

White Wine from Australia - South Australia
Blind Spot is a new range of wines that offer great expression of regional character at prices more typical of everyday wines. These bold and authentic wines have been selected exclusively by Mac Forbes for The Wine Society from highly individual, exceptional vineyards across Australia. The name 'Blind Spot' refers to how Mac rescued these exceptional parcels of wine from the undeserved obscurity of being blended into anonymity.
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Code: AU15431

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry, rich
  • Riesling
  • 12% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Screwcap

South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...
South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.
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Blind Spot

The Society’s exclusive range of Blind Spot wines is one of our most exciting ventures in recent years and helps our members to get the best of Australian vineyards at what many leading wine critics agree is incredible value. It was developed because our Australia Buyer Pierre Mansour realised we were missing out on opportunities to sample some of the country’s most interesting treasures: the tiny parcels of exquisite grapes that are often swallowed up in large-scale Australian blends.

Although most of The Society’s Australian producers are small-scale winemakers making top quality wine, the industry is still dominated by much larger companies who have access to fruit from a huge and diverse range of vineyard sites. Some of these are hidden gems, doomed to remain in the collective “blind spot”.

It’s impossible for us to find them by ourselves, so we needed to find a man who could, to act as our eyes, ears and palate when it comes to grabbing these excellent but limited opportunities. Mac Forbes was the obvious candidate for this role: not only is he a fantastic winemaker in his own right, but his extensive experience working for big Australian wineries means he knows exactly where to look for these intriguing parcels of grapes. He sends The Society samples of the most promising selections, and we then carefully streamline his suggestions, choosing only the ones that best suit our members’ tastes. Mac even bottles the wines for us, and this - combined with the fact that his...
The Society’s exclusive range of Blind Spot wines is one of our most exciting ventures in recent years and helps our members to get the best of Australian vineyards at what many leading wine critics agree is incredible value. It was developed because our Australia Buyer Pierre Mansour realised we were missing out on opportunities to sample some of the country’s most interesting treasures: the tiny parcels of exquisite grapes that are often swallowed up in large-scale Australian blends.

Although most of The Society’s Australian producers are small-scale winemakers making top quality wine, the industry is still dominated by much larger companies who have access to fruit from a huge and diverse range of vineyard sites. Some of these are hidden gems, doomed to remain in the collective “blind spot”.

It’s impossible for us to find them by ourselves, so we needed to find a man who could, to act as our eyes, ears and palate when it comes to grabbing these excellent but limited opportunities. Mac Forbes was the obvious candidate for this role: not only is he a fantastic winemaker in his own right, but his extensive experience working for big Australian wineries means he knows exactly where to look for these intriguing parcels of grapes. He sends The Society samples of the most promising selections, and we then carefully streamline his suggestions, choosing only the ones that best suit our members’ tastes. Mac even bottles the wines for us, and this - combined with the fact that his expertise allows us to buy in bulk with confidence - is exactly why we can offer them at such a competitive price. One of the most interesting features of the Blind Spot range is its opportunism: because we rely on one-off discoveries, we may not be able to replicate future vintages of many of the wines in our range, but the wines we do feature will always be something special.

For instance, we may have exhausted our supplies of the popular Sangiovese we sold the year we launched the range, but the following year we managed to find a benchmark example of a Clare Valley riesling and sell it at a price accessible to all members. That’s the beauty of Blind Spot: it’s a moveable feast, constantly evolving and bringing us new discoveries to enjoy each year.
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Australia Vintage 2012

A good vintage across the country except for New South Wales where it was wet, cold and disappointing. Some earlier harvested Semillon is very good though. South Australia performed very well after drought conditions and high winds gave some trouble, with riesling and cabernet performing well in the circumstances. Victoria had a mild year and some excellent wines were made, particularly by conscientious growers who dealt with mid-season rain. Western Australia continued down its merry road of very fine vintages despite very dry weather causing some drought issues.

2012 vintage reviews

The Independent

Mouthwatering, pointing up the virtues of this woefully undervalued variety. Lime-scented, dry. <B>- Anthony Rose</B>

JancisRobinson.com

Pretty, well-judged sugar-acid balance in this sort of feinherb style. Amazing value. Bone-dry finish and very appetising.

The Daily Mail

The Blind Spot series is made by the highly talented Mac Forbes and the value for money afforded by this range is exceptional. My pick is this staggering beautiful, bone dry riesling and I am convinced...
The Blind Spot series is made by the highly talented Mac Forbes and the value for money afforded by this range is exceptional. My pick is this staggering beautiful, bone dry riesling and I am convinced that 2012 is the finest vintage in Clare in a decade. This wine will vie for white wine of the year come December! -
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Matthew Jukes

The Wine Gang

A knock-out price for a Clare Riesling, or any wine from Clare for that matter. Spot-on with its vibrancy and zesty acidity, its lime/lemon and green apple fruit and reviving dry finish.

Liverpool Post & Echo

Delicate, dry, fresh, grapey and lapping in lime cordial. Clare Valley riesling can be a wonderful thing and this is a wonderful example, at a wonderful price. - <B>Jane Clare</B>

The Times

Onwards and upwards for Blind Spot, the society’s range of regional Aussie wine styles from superior vineyards. So far winemaker Mac Forbes has rescued a handful of classics for the society. For me...
Onwards and upwards for Blind Spot, the society’s range of regional Aussie wine styles from superior vineyards. So far winemaker Mac Forbes has rescued a handful of classics for the society. For me this racy riesling from Clare Valley is the best. I adore its gutsy, floral minerally style with lots of green pepper spice on the finish. Great value. -
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Jane MacQuitty

Woman & Home

Why don’t more people drink Aussie Riesling? There’s nothing better as a summer aperitif: fresh, bone dry and lemon and lime fruity. This hails from the Clare Valley and it’s a...
Why don’t more people drink Aussie Riesling? There’s nothing better as a summer aperitif: fresh, bone dry and lemon and lime fruity. This hails from the Clare Valley and it’s a beautifully crunchy, fragrant white, with tingling acidity. -
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Tim Atkin

Sussex Life

A bargain. Lessrapier-thrusting [than some Australian rieslings] with the characteristicpetrol tinge , but overlaid with honey scents and a hint of dahlia. On theslightly more generous palate it has a...
A bargain. Lessrapier-thrusting [than some Australian rieslings] with the characteristicpetrol tinge , but overlaid with honey scents and a hint of dahlia. On theslightly more generous palate it has a little mille feuille suggestion andbright lemon acidity.
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- Jilly Goolden

Sussex Life

A bargain. Lessrapier-thrusting [than some Australian rieslings] with the characteristicpetrol tinge, but overlaid with honey scents and a hint of dahlia. On theslightly more generous palate it has a...
A bargain. Lessrapier-thrusting [than some Australian rieslings] with the characteristicpetrol tinge, but overlaid with honey scents and a hint of dahlia. On theslightly more generous palate it has a little mille feuille suggestion andbright lemony acidity.
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- Jilly Goolden

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