2018 Patina ‘Sticky Tea’ Riesling


While there are excellent Rieslings produced around Australia, Orange’s soil, intense sunshine and cool climate play a large part in bringing out the best in the variety.

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Product Description

Colour: Golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Intense aromas of apple, peach, lemon and green tea are so attractive in this wine that you will probably want to rub a little behind your ear next time you go out.

Palate: The sweet early palate is fresh and fruity carrying through to a mid palate of mouth watering lemony apple/peach sorbet and a clean green tea finish – a great aperitif/light desert style wine.

Bucket List: An absolute delight with Chicken Liver Parfait or Blue Cheese.

Cellaring: The previous vintages are ageing very well and I will continue tasting to see how the wine changes with time though at this stage I don’t recommend cellaring as it is so delectable now.

The birth of the Sticky Tea happy accident: Basket presses are desirable in winemaking because they are gentle on the fruit and don’t extract many bitter phenolics. The drawback is the skins are tipped out while still quiet wet. Since Riesling is notoriously stingy with its juice it always annoyed me to tip out the Riesling pressings knowing there was still up to 25% juice left. So in 2009 I added yeast to the pressed skins not sure what would result. Tea leaf, honey and lemon notes dominated after a few days of ferment so I decided this could make a very interesting sticky/aperitif style with a bit of an iced tea slant.

93 Points “Yeast is added to pressings, resulting in an intense elixir of ample skin maceration. A happy accident that resulted in a style all its own. Aromas of rooibos tea, Darjeeling crème caramel, cooked ginger, lemon verbena and citrus marmalade skitter along juicy acid rails and some phenolic riffing, all pushing long while feeling almost ethereal. Delicious.” Wine Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW

“The current vintage of the Patina “Sticky Tea” Riesling is the 2018 edition and shows hints of honey, lime and sweet cumquat. There are even some subtle hints of lemon curd on the edges. As its moniker suggests, there’s plenty of Liptons characters through the middle and enough gentle acidity on the finish to give it credibility. I like the fact that it’s only 9.9% alcohol, has a zippy finish and doesn’t leave your mouth feeling hot. It’s not the intense highly viscous type that overwhelms the taste buds and it doesn’t pretend to be an expensive Bordeaux Sauterne, but I reckon it isn’t bad for less than $25 a bottle!” Travis Schultz

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Additional Information

Weight1 kg



Light/Medium Bodied


We recommend enjoying now while it is young and fresh

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