A fragrant Riesling from a cool summer, billows of white blossom and aromatic citrus at first conceal the cold-steel seriousness of our best-cellaring white.
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 eighteen 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.
Much cooler conditions prevailed this season, with good winter rains leading into a mild season that saw vines flourish. There was some disease pressure, but minimal disease resulted from careful management. Harvest started a week or two later than recent years, and was interrupted by three days of rain just after the whites were finished and before any reds were picked, but reds suffered no damage. Yields were very good, probably because we were able to irrigate through the drought last year. Unsurprisingly, the mild summer and ripening conditions have given lighter wines with excellent aroma and colour.
Hand-picked 12-16 March at 11.1 Baumé. Only the free-run juice was taken, clarified by flotation and fermented cool before stopping at 8.5g/l residual sugar for balance. Bottled under screwcap July 2021, 977 dozen made (plus 143 magnums). Alcohol 12.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with gelatin and a milk product).
Drink now to 2041.
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|