St. Andrews

Riesling 2010

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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Previous Vintages 2009
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a very pale straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
Nose The wine displays zesty lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom and talc.
Palate 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.
Vintage Conditions The 2010 growing season in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30 degrees C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields. The heat-wave was finally broken by some much needed rainfall, which reinvigorated the vines. While temperatures were a little higher than average during late January and February, the evenings and mornings were cool and mild, contributing to favourable sugar, flavour and tannin ripening conditions resulting in wines of extraordinary character.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13
Acid: 7.39
Residual Sugar: 0.81
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2012
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Gold Outstanding
  • 2011
  • Clare Valley Regional Wine Show
  • Gold
  • 2012
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2012
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Gold
  • , Australian Wine Annual

    Nov 2011
    Rich, round and unctuous, this heady, floral and spicy riesling delivers intense, bright and punchy aromas of lemon, lime and apple before a luscious, juicy palate of smoothness, length and almost a fatty viscosity, It finishes with crisp acids, and lingering notes of pear and peach.
  • Rob Geddes, The Australian Wine Vintages 2012 Gold Book

    Jul 2011
    93 points
    The winemakers choose the most concentrated vintages with the best balance for this label and give them extra special handling. They show the remarkable flavour changes and the softening texture riesling is capable. Riper end of the riesling spectrum with balance and intensity.
  • , Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Feb 2014
    The Taylor family were wine merchants in Sydney when they purchased 440 acres on the Wakefield River in 1969 and set out to plant vines. St. Andrews represents their top selection of estate riesling, the wine settled deep into its apple flavours, accessible now if have oysters to tame its powerful acidity. Otherwise, it's gripping, bright and salty in its mineral notes, waiting to show itself more completely with bottle age.
  • Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    Dec 2010
    2010 St. Andrews Riesling offers pronounced yeasty / honeyed notes with nuances of peach blossom, grapefruit and jasmine. Light to medium bodied and dry with high acidity, it gives layers of honey and citrus flavors and a long finish. It is appealingly primary now but should age nicely, drinking to 2022+.
  • Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    Dec 2010
    2010 St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling displays pronounced aromas of ripe apple and pears with nuances of jasmine and peach blossoms. Dry with a medium body, crisp acid and good concentration, it gives a long stone-fruit laced finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and cellar to 2022+.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Mar 2014
    Riesling Clare Valley St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release 2010 Light and tangy, with an acidic bite to the green apple and lime flavors. A hint of anise enlivens the long finish. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.
  • Peter Chapman, Coffs Coast Advocate

    Jan 2011
    Released as one of their premium new offerings this is a wine that will grow in stature. Intense aromas of orange blossom and citrus If you can afford to put it down for a year or two you'll enjoy it even more.
  • , Winestate

    Mar 2011
    5 stars
    Delightfully delicate, green wine with lifted, spicy lime aromatics and a soft, citrus-driven palate with excellent flavour intensity and nice touch of spice. Excellent acid structure. Will develop well.
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2012
    4 stars
    Great focus and generosity of lime-like varietal fruit on both the nose and the palate. Has a lifted nose and big, lively flavours.
  • Geoff Cowey, Lousia Rose, Peter Simic. , Winestate

    Dec 2010
    3.5 stars
    Pretty wine with gentle, perfumed nose and juicy, citrus palate with racy acid balance. Good cellaring candidate. 5+ years
  • Ray Jordan and Vic Crossland, National Liquor News

    Apr 2011
    2 stars
    Long and steely palate with hints of lemon. Very well balanced, but needs more time in the bottle to integrate.
  • , Wining Pom

    Feb 2012
    Remains one of the great single sites in the Clare showing a lovely fruit purity. Upfront it smells of zesty lemon and limes with a mineral aspect, like damp paving stones. A stellar line of citrus on the palate with a piercing lime cordial intensity and tantalising spice. Beautifully persistent on the finish and still a veritable bairn. One for the cellar.
  • , Mount Barker Courier

    Mar 2012
    St. Andrews Clare Valley Riesling 2010 is its flagship wine. Of greenish hue, with hints of talc on the floral bouquet, it is at once dry and tangy with a luscious, smooth palate finishing fresh and crisp. One of the great wines of Australia.
  • , National Liquor News

    May 2012
    Big, rich and firm with complex acids. A complex and mature riesling with obvious age.
  • Windsor Dobbin, Blog

    Dec 2010
    To paraphrase the old Kenny Rogers song: "You've got to know when to hold 'em; know when to drink 'em." And that's where you are likely to run into trouble with this wine. The top-of-the-range riesling is a delightful drink in its youth with attractive floral aromas and pristine fruit with citrus nuances. The trouble is, though, that this is also a wine that cellars superbly. A recent tasting of the still youthful but brilliantly maturing 2007 vintage confirmed its potential over the next decade. The best solution: Buy at least two bottles. Enjoy one and put one away.
  • , Virgin Blue Voyeur Magazine

    Feb 2011
    This summer it's Riesling's turn to shine and no one is doing a better, zestier wine than the Taylor family. The winery has released the 2007 and 2010 vintages of it's outstanding St. Andrews Clare Valley Riesling at the same time because the 2010 vintage is so remarkable
  • , Destination Food

    Mar 2011
    St. Andrews Riesling 2010 is a true labour of love that is hand-crafted from individually selected parcels of fruit that are grown on the family’s estate vineyards. This particular Clare Valley 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. This wine is a winner and is definitely one that all Riesling aficionados will enjoy.
  • Katrina Holden, Drinks Trade

    Mar 2011
    The Taylor family has released their flagship St. Andrews Riesling 2010 alongside their 2007 vintage. St. Andrews wines are normally released with a few years bottle age, but as chief winemaker Adam Eggins said: "2010 is one of the best vintages of the past 10 years and we wanted to show the world just how good it is now. The 2010 St Andrew Riesling displays lime and orange citrus with floral aromatics, good acid backbone and considerable length - no doubt destined to develop its full personality over the next 15 years.