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 straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
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.
In the growing season leading up to vintage 2016, rainfall was below average and whilst we saw only around 76% of the long term average fall, it was not the amount that had the biggest impact however; it was the timing of the rainfall. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact on the vine's health and importantly, the quality of the fruit produced. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to vintage 2016 being lauded as one of the great vintages. Firstly, the vines were 'stress free' heading into the winter period, allowing them to store extra nutrients and creating the potential for a superior fruit crop in 2016. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering which set us up for good yields and then lastly, whilst it was a relatively dry spring, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what called be described as 'the perfect storm' and the vineyard and winemaking team were excited about the quantity and quality of the fruit as they commenced harvesting. Of the whites, both the Chardonnay and Riesling varieties look particularly outstanding but with general reports of amazing flavour and acid structure being applied across all varieties.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle