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Deeply floral with aromas of lemon blossom, lime and lemon, this finely crafted, brightly flavoured and shapely Riesling is remarkably intense, long and focused. It delivers purity and balance, with a lingering core of translucent, citrusy fruit. After eight years in bottle this wine is bright pale yellow with green tinges and remains extraordinarily fresh, with that core of citrus shining brightly. There are wet stone mineral notes, delicious toasted nuts and some creamy lees texture, with the slightest hint of honey and lanolin adding complexity.
The 2012 season in the Clare Valley was a mild season favouring white varieties such as Riesling. Regular rain in spring encouraged good canopy growth. Though the summer was mild overall, harvest was a couple of weeks earlier than typical for the Clare Valley. Our Riesling harvest was around average size and of excellent quality.
Our aim was to preserve bright fruit flavours with some added complexity and texture from ageing on lees. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the juice was vinified over an extended cool ferment in insulated stainless steel vats. The wine was matured on lees in stainless tanks before bottling.
Elevation is the secret to Clare Valley’s success as a fine white wine region. It is South Australia’s northern-most and coolest wine region. Its distinctive Australian Riesling style is known the world over.
The limestone terra soils tend to produce more perfumed wines, while slate soils are associated with more austere expressions.
A collection of classic varieties grown in the earth that suits them best. Each wine is a reflection of their region.
The labels feature an abstract hand-print illustration designed to evoke the distinct personality of the country from which the wine originates.
This abstract hand is representative of the heart of Australia, the wildness and terroir of the land and its iconic red centre.