Costing under $8 back then with 11.5% alcohol, the 1999 Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling from South Australia scored 14 points on the Dionysian scale. It was deep amber, and browning. German Rieslings can age to 22 years, but this one just didn’t have the balanced acids that are needed. It still had some lime citrus notes and showed the terroir of the Clare Valley, but I am happy it was my last one.

It was planned to pair with chicken laced with a Thai spice sauce, but it was too tired to help the meal.

I still think Wolf Blass wines are Best Buys and don’t let one faded bottle stop you from cellaring Riesling wines. In Vino Veritas.