2019 Riesling

Typical of Riesling from this vineyard with florals and candied lemon, along with hints of lime leaf and aniseed. Juicy and mouthwatering with great freshness and life.
Gold Medal, Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2019

Wine of Provenance Trophy, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2019

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Early summer heat and drought reduce yields before mild conditions in Mar, hand-picked, free-run juice, the cool ferment stopped with 6g/l residual sugar manifested as lime and candied lemon, the flavours building with each additional sip. Lovely wine. Gold medal Winewise Small Vigneron Awards ’19. 95 points (James Halliday)

This is a delicate, perfumed, long-flavoured riesling that shows the typical Canberra District lemon rind aromatics. Another flawless riesling that demonstrates precise winemaking. ★★★★★ (Winewise)

Winemaker's Notes

Our original planting of Riesling in the Pines block, the coolest, most south-easterly aspect of our site, has now been supplemented with Riesling grafted onto vines of similar age in the North block, a little steeper and more east-facing. After seventeen vintages, 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.

This year we celebrate our 30th vintage. Just like last year, the 2018-2019 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, this time with some very hot summer weather. A very dry winter saw us applying irrigation prior to budburst for the first time. January was particularly hot, and irrigation was used to prevent heat damage. Subsequent weather during ripening and vintage was good. Yields were down in most varieties, but quality was good, and once again, the later ripening varieties benefitted from the milder conditions, showing great colour and flavour definition.

Hand-picked 15-17 March at 11.5 Baumé. Only the free-run juice was taken, settled and fermented cool before stopping at 6.0g/l residual sugar for balance. Bottled under screwcap July 2019, 606 dozen made (plus 96 magnums). Alcohol 12.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).

Drink now to 2039.

In The Cellar

The Wine of Provenance trophy at the 2015 and 2019 Canberra & Region Wine Shows 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
2018 Pale green. Intense and pretty youthful aromatics of confectionery, tropical and citrus fruit. Good juicy fruit with loads of fine acidity. 20138 Outstanding
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