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Riesling 2009

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.

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Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a very pale straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
Nose This is a tight, restrained yet quite potent Riesling with zesty lime and the smell of fresh citrus. Faint hints of tropical fruit are evident. At release, the aroma is still quite closed like a tightly knitted ball however I feel it will open graciously.
Palate The palate is quite powerful and rich which bodes well for its future, although again, at release it is still tight and restrained yet with a substantial presence across the palate. Superior examples of Clare Riesling often have a generous mid palate and this does which is backed up by a persistent and steely finish.
Vintage Conditions Vintage 2009 was near on perfect in the Clare Valley. It was characterized by optimal growing conditions and soil moisture levels near full capacity due to the welcome winter rains. Mild weather continued during December and January, gradually warming to the point where we experienced a severe heat-wave. Thankfully the vines had not yet begun veraison, so in the heat, they simply shut down for a few days. Strong canopies protected the fruit and mature leaves withstood the high temperatures. Fortunately, when the heat subsided the region experienced perfect ripening weather with mild days and cool nights. The wines from vintage 2009 are exceptionally well balanced; showing rich, varietal fruit flavours.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 12.6
Acid: 7.22
Residual Sugar: 0.91
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2012
  • Monde Selection International Wine Contest
  • Gold
  • James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2009
    95
    First tasted over 2 years ago when it was halfway to maturity, and has fulfilled the promise it then had, it offers and impressive array of citrus and lightly browned toast, with a latticework of acidity to hold the palate together for many years yet. Screwcap 12.5% alc
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2012
    4.5 stars
    Lovely toasty development on the nose with typical kero-Iike notes. Excellent rounded flavours with plenty of length and freshness. A classic style.