Since then, Max and his wife Siobhan have added twin sisters to their older daughter, growing the family, and decided to head to Tasmania to move forward again. Max is now based 15 minutes south of Hobart and has involvement in several projects (what else could you expect?), including a 2 ha vineyard that he leases and manages, as well as two other vineyards he has inputs in. The focussed vineyard is named ‘Tinderbox’ and is situated in the d’Entrecasteau Channel district, with sandstone, dolerite and scoria soil. Max has access to 8 rows of Riesling at the top of the vineyard, the vines approx. 15 y.o., and has made his first Riesling wine from the fruit in 2018 since the last Auburn wine in 2014. The wine is labelled ‘Anim’.
Max sent a bottle of the 2018 Anim Tasmania Riesling for me to try, his first Riesling made since the Auburn wines. He tells me it was made in a very similar manner to his previous wines, with clean fruit, WBP, and cool-fermentation. My impressions follow:
Bright, pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is a little shy with delicate aromas of white florals and subtle notes of lime fruit melded with a layer of mouthwatering minerals. Some honeysuckle detail emerges with aeration, and the aromatics form a refined, tight core. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of white florals, lime fruit, nuances of honeysuckle and mineral detail. This is bright and lively with fresh, crisp acidity lifting the core and enlivening the mouthfeel, balancing the sweetness and fruits which grows in richness. This has a fine core and possesses linearity, leading to a lingering finish. This is an elegantly proportioned medium-sweet Riesling with delicate flavours of florals, lime and honey with mineral detail on a fresh, crisp palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Tinderbox’ vineyard, WBP cool-fermented in tank by indigenous yeasts to 10.5% alc. and 36 g/L RS, TA 7.2 g/L and pH 2.95. 210 bottles made. 18.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP AU$30.00