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22 August 2008


Joseph La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer 2006

$25 (375ml.); 10.5% alcohol; cork; 93 points

While a step beyond Geoff Merrill’s memorable Coonawarra Reynella noble rot traminers thirty years back, the traminer here reminds me of those. This is both more complex and svelte than those oldies, benefiting greatly from the cutting effect of that pristine Clare riesling. Like fair dink Sauternes or Barsac, it’s neither sticky nor dry, but light, stylish, prettily elegant, persistent, and perfect for the right paté on a crunchy biscuit, with a caper.

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