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D'Arenberg - The Dry Dam Riesling 2019


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Chester Osborne
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol Percentage: 10.7%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2017) VS: 89 (2015) WS: 90 (2015) WE: 91 (2015) JH: 95 (2015) WF: 88 (2017)

Wine tasting notes

In 1992 our neighbours built a dam that remained empty, as it was a dry winter. The next year it rained but the dam was jinxed and didn't hold water. A dry dam is bad news for our neighbouring farmers, but promises good results for our old, dry-grown, low-yielding vines. Jasmine and orange blossom, along with lemon and lime characters leap from the glass. The sugar-acid balance from this fine vintage is impeccable. While both are present, they manage to meld together creating a mouth-watering yet supple sherbet character, which finishes dry and mineral, not cloying in the slightest. A pleasure to drink right now, this wine will evolve elegantly for many years to come.

Winery Information


One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017)90 pts

Textbook notes of green apples and limes abound in d'Arenberg's 2017 The Dry Dam Riesling. Medium-bodied and off-dry (17 grams per liter of residual sugar), it's quite tight and lean through the palate and onto the chalky finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)89 pts

Mar 2016 - Pale straw. Citrussy and focused on the nose, with dusty mineral and floral nuances adding complexity. Taut, dry and delineated on the palate, with bitter lemon pith and quince flavors unfolding slowly. A hint of fennel appears on the stony, lingering finish. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2015)90 pts

Lip-smacking acidity adds some fun to the green apple candy and pineapple flavors, lending liveliness and fresh appeal. Offers a sleek, long finish. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

Editor's Choice - Neither McLaren Vale nor Adelaide Hills are particularly known for their Rieslings, but this is a fine example. Scents of wet stone and flower-shop greens lead into off-dry flavors of lemon zest and green apples. The balance between sugar and acids, lithe body and long finish is finely judged. Drink now–2025.

James Halliday (2015)95 pts

An utterly impressive wine from a winery best known for its flotilla of red wines; its fruit has the juicy flavour and mouthfeel of the kind expected of a dry Mosel riesling; the intensity of the fruit is heightened by the crisp, crunchy acidity on the finish and aftertaste. The Dry Dam name is an anachronism.

Wine Front (2017)88 pts

Lavender, sweet lime and green apple. As a young wine, it’s a bit of a battle between jangly acidity, fruit sweetness and chalky texture, but I believe these wines resolve a little with age. Finish is intense and a little coarse, but there’s no lack of intensity. As at now, it needs the right food.

Vinification Notes

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled, and then basket pressed. The fermentation was long and cool, and was stopped before reaching total dryness to ensure that residual sugar remains to balance the high mineral acidity.