2018 Riesling

Typical of Riesling from this vineyard, with aromas of spring flowers and lemon essence, and a juicy palate built around a long and fine steely backbone. Enjoy young or cellar with confidence.
Gold Medal, Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2018

Gold Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2018

Gold Medal, NSW Wine Awards 2018

Gold Medal & Trophy, Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2018

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An impressive citrus-scented Canberra District riesling of considerable refinement. The palate is vibrant, long, racy and perfectly balanced. (Winewise Magazine)

Winemaker's Notes

Riesling is planted in the coolest, most south-easterly aspect of our site, where the soils are also poorer (and therefore better suited to this vigorous variety) than the red soils in the rest of the vineyard. After sixteen vintages of Riesling, we recognize typical characters that our site produces: white blossom aromatics and citrus characters leaning more towards lemon peel and grapefruit, and often a hint of aniseed.

The 2017-2018 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, but due to consistently warm and dry conditions rather than any extreme heat. Timing of budburst and harvest were fairly normal. Conditions for vine growth and development were good and disease pressure was low. Weather during vintage was exceptional, consistently warm and dry apart from one downpour in late February which caused little trouble. Warm sunny days were balanced by cool nights giving a high diurnal temperature range. Quality is exciting across the board, with the later ripening varieties perhaps benefitting the most.

Hand-picked 13 March at 11.6 Baumé. Only the free-run juice was taken, settled and fermented cool before stopping at 6.5g/l residual sugar for balance. Bottled under screwcap July 2018, 622 cases made. Alcohol 12.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).

Drink now to 2038.

In The Cellar

The Wine of Provenance trophy at the 2015 Canberra & Region Wine Show is testament to the consistent quality and character of this wine. If your cellaring conditions are less than ideal, consider reducing the expected life of the wine. Tasted July 2018.

Vintage Tasting Notes Drink Until Rating
2017 Pale green. A rich aroma spanning lemon blossom, musk, candied lemon and yellow peach. Lovely zest and life on the palate, juicy fruit entwined with fine linear acidity. 2037 Outstanding
2016 Pale straw-green. Delicate and pretty, slightly herby fruit and confectionery notes. Fresh, lovely balance. 2030 Very good
2015 Medium green. Delicate young aromas with musk, citrus and pineapple. Fresh, stony and slightly closed. 2030 Very good
2014 Pale green. Youthful and pretty with soft florals, confectionery and lemon essence. Lovely texture and weight, with ripe, juicy fruit and balanced flinty acidity. 2033 Outstanding
2013 Medium green. Beginnings of toasty development. Juicy with ripe intense fruit and lovely length of flavour. Mouthwatering and exciting. 2033 Outstanding
2012 Pale green. Citrus aromas shot through with some herbs and savouriness. Quite youthful but slightly austere acid. 2023 Very good
2011 Pale straw/green. Very attractive aromas of toasty lime, honey, hints of aniseed and slate. Good balance with sherbetty acidity, soft and fine. 2025 Excellent
2010 Medium-deep straw/green. Soft, fresh, dusty lime, smells ripe and rich. Sweet fruit on the palate with pineapple, yellow peach and some dried fruits. Juicy with ripe acid. 2023 Excellent
2009 Vibrant gold with green tints. Classic development with toast and lime curd. Juicy palate with slatey/saline acidity and lovely fruit. 2024 Outstanding
2008 Medium-deep green. Herbaceous fruit that has dried out, still has balance but not a good year. Now Good
2007 Medium-deep, green/straw. Some stonefruit with a slightly green edge. Juicy fruit on the palate with chewy acid, good length and quite youthful. 2025 Very good
2006 Vibrant gold with green tints. Mature dusty, toasty lime, dried fruits and potpourri. Lemon curd, pineapple and creamy waxiness. Tangy, mouthwatering and alive, mature and complex. 2021 Excellent
2005 Medium green/straw. Gently toasty lime with maturity but still some youthfulness. Taut and mouthwatering structure, delicate but moreish. 2026 Excellent
2004 Medium gold with green tints. Mature aromas including toasty lime, soft buttery fruit and a hint of cold tea. Full flavoured with grapefruit and spun sugar, with some pithy, waxy texture. 2023 Outstanding
2003 Vibrant gold with green tints. Soft, musky lime with deep stonefruit and a hint of coconut. Juicy, rich and ripe. Lovely maturity but alive and vibrant. 2023 Outstanding