A True Pork Star – Xabregas Estate Riesling 2011

FABULOUS LADIES WINE REVIEW: Xabregas Estate Riesling 2011


Nothing too glamorous here folks. This wine was consumed as part of a mid-week meal at home, of  juicy roast pork with (no modesty) the best crispy crackling in the history of family meals, and a side of cabbage and apple slaw.


We’d been to a country pub the Friday before and won the meat tray. (I know! Hilarious!) And so we’d come home with a car laden with goods of the formerly-four-legged kind. Including one very hefty leg of pork that could feed an army. Fortunately, said army resides at our place.

What’s the deal?

Rieslings are a wine that exist along a wide spectrum. They can be intensely sweet – and we’re talking worse than that carton your Nan brought to your 21st – right through to teeth gripping dry. So when you open a Riesling, it can be hard to know what to expect.

This one from Xabregas, who hail from the rugged and remote Mount Barker region of Western Australia, is gorgeously fresh and light, and deliciously crisp in a tart, granny smith apple kind of way. But the surprise was that there’s just a trace of delicate sweetness that lingers. It’s not quite dry, but it’s definitely not syrupy either.

Wine types oft refer to something like this as “off-dry” which basically means that it’s like a coffee with just a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. You don’t taste the sweetness immediately. It sort of comes at you as you finish swallowing the mouthful. 

If you don’t like sweet wines, then you’ll certainly notice the sweetness. But when you drink the Xabregas Estate Riesling with food – like the pork – the whole thing comes alive, and you’re absolutely and unashamedly delighted that the sweetness is there.

This is an excellent alternative to a Gewurztraminer or other sweeter style Rieslings as a perfect match for your perfect roast pork and crackling. It’s still dry and savoury enough to enjoy on it’s own, but really comes to the fore when you let it shine as a pork star.

Drink with?

The intense freshness and subtle sweetness of this wine was a wonderful foil for the salty roast pork, and the fruity flavours were accentuated by the apple slaw. I’d happily pair them again. It would also be perfect with fiery, Asian flavours – again because that lovely hint of sweetness will aptly cut through the spice on your palate.

Drink when?

You’re in need of a wine match for that ‘magical animal with three kinds of meat’, or for a spicy Asian style meal.


Around $23.00

Available from?

Direct from www.Xabregas.com.au or some specialty bottles shops, restaurants and online retailers.

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