2020 Riesling

Very unusually, this wine is not from our own vineyard, hence the slightly different label. Grapes not affected by smoke taint were sourced from two vineyards in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania – one of the other great Riesling regions. This is fascinatingly different to our own, but delicious in its orchard fruits and delicate citrus zest.

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Very primary lemon/lime at this stage. Plenty of fruit. Good acidity. Needs time to settle down. (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.


Our 2020 vintage was spoiled by smoke taint, so for the first time, we have purchased fruit from further afield, and only for a couple of wines for which we don’t have enough from previous vintages. The 2020 Riesling is made in a similar style to our usual wine, and was sourced from the Chartley Estate and Waterton Hall vineyards in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania, which were unaffected by bushfires.

Hand-picked 6 April 2020 at 10.6 Baumé. Fruit was whole-bunch pressed and clarified by flotation. Cool fermentation was stopped with some residual sugar for balance. Bottled under screwcap July 2020, 700 dozen made. Alcohol 12.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).

Drink now to 2040.

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