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