Hedonistic and tightly focused, this exceptionally balanced wine displays lemon, lime and a seamless spine of natural acidity leading to a finish of extraordinary length.
At release, the wine is a very pale green/straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
The wine displays vibrant lime aromas with hints of lemon and faint floral notes.
This particular Clare Riesling is still tight and restrained with a linear focus to the palate and purity of fruit flavours. There are lashings of fresh lemon/lime juice characters up front and a slate-like minerality across the mid-palate. It is backed up by a persistent and refreshing lime acid finish.
Growing conditions leading up to vintage 2012 were relatively mild, with regular spring rains promoting excellent vine canopy growth. Budburst was approximately 10 days earlier than 'average', and this early start flowed through until harvest time with most varieties harvested 1 to 2 weeks earlier than in a 'typical' year. Harvest conditions were excellent with only one substantial rain event occurring during harvest. Whilst it happened after most white varieties were picked, it had a positive effect on the red varieties, appearing to freshen them up, particularly the dry-grown blocks. Ideal ripening and flavor development conditions persisted to the end of April when the majority of the harvest was completed. Overall, yields were somewhat lower than long-term averages but our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with intense colour and excellent flavour development.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle